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Germany and India in the Indo-Pacific: United or Untied?

by Siddharth Tripathi

Given the high degree on convergence between India and Germany in the Indo-Pacific, how can both actors strengthen their cooperation in the region?

Policymakers and scholars have paid much attention in recent years to the emergence of the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ to describe the changing regional security system in Asia. The concept has not only become popular in Asia but also in America and Europe. This paper highlights the Indian approach to the Indo-Pacific and the responses to the German Indo-Pacific guidelines. It also offers some recommendations to forge a stronger link between Indian and German approaches in the Indo-Pacific.

There is a growing interest among policymakers and scholars of international politics in the ‘Indo-Pacific’, despite the contestations on the concept among different actors. In simple terms, it means fostering closer economic and security connections between the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined the political approach of India in the Indo-Pacific in his address at the Shangri-La Dialogue 2018. In practical terms and keeping China in focus, India is bringing together its Indo-Pacific and ASEAN policies in a single approach. It signals a meshing of Indian interests with key blocs and nations in the Indo-Pacific and external actors like the European Union and Germany, which have also published their respective ‘Indo-Pacific Guidelines’ necessitating the need for greater inclusiveness and cooperation.

These strategies provide an unprecedented opportunity for regional actors like India and external actors like Germany to forge closer ties in the spirit of their respective policy frameworks and approaches in the Indo-Pacific.

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