External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar giving a keynote address at the 5th Indian Ocean Conference (IOC),
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar giving a keynote address at the 5th Indian Ocean Conference (IOC),

Developments amid COVID have direct bearing on Indian Ocean region: Jaishankar

ANI | Updated: Dec 04, 2021 23:58 IST

Abu Dhabi [UAE], December 4 (ANI): Underlining the recent trends that have influenced the Indian Ocean region, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday explained the changing nature of American strategic postures and the rise of China.

Delivering a keynote address at the 5th Indian Ocean Conference (IOC), Jaishankar said, "We are meeting after a bit of a gap due to COVID. In that period, a number of developments have taken place that has a direct bearing on the well-being of the Indian Ocean region," said Jaishankar.

Taking an overview of the recent historic changes, the minister highlighted the changing American strategic posture. 

"A starting point could be the trend lines that have influenced the evolution of the Indian Ocean in recent years. First and foremost is the changing American strategic posture. Since 2008 we've witnessed greater caution in US power projection and an effort to correct its overextension," he said.

"It may have taken different forms and been articulated in very different ways but there's larger consistency over 3 administration that they themselves may not readily recognise. It is expressed in footprint and posture, terms of engagement, the extent of involvement and nature of initiatives," he added.

Besides the United States, Jaishankar also noted that the major trend concerning the rise of China and the consequences arising out of it.

"Even otherwise, the emergence of power at the global level is extraordinary happening. That it's a different kind of polity enhances the sense of change. USSR may have borne some similarities but never had centrality to the global economy that China has today," he added.

"Consequences of China's growing capabilities are particularly profound because of extrapolation of its domestic seamlessness to world outside. As a result, whether it's connectivity, technology or trade, there's now an ongoing debate on the changed nature of power and influence," the minister added.

The theme of this year's conference centres on three topics -- Ecology, Economy and Epidemic. (ANI)