India creates Indo-Pacific division in the foreign office | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2019

India creates Indo-Pacific division in the foreign office

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The Ministry of External Affairs has set up an Indo-Pacific division in the foreign office.

The main objective of the Indo-pacific division is intended to give a coherent architecture to the Indo-Pacific policy articulated by PM Narendra Modi at the Shangri-La Dialogue in 2018. The Wing is currently headed by joint secretary Vikram Doraiswami. The move is considered as the big step by the government and it is expected to give thrust to the Indo-Pacific centred policymaking. It integrates the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), ASEAN region and the Quad. The Indo-Pacific diplomacy of India India has repeatedly placed ASEAN at the centre of its policy. Even the US has recently renamed its Pacific Command to the Indo-Pacific Command as it seeks to give teeth to its Indo-Pacific policy.

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