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Nov 22, 2021

US views India, Vietnam key in Indo-Pacific

Soumendra Ranjit
Kurt Campbell, the U.S. National Security Council Indo-Pacific coordinator speaks at the United States Institute of Peace on Nov. 19. (Screenshot)
Kurt Campbell, the U.S. National Security Council Indo-Pacific coordinator speaks at the United States Institute of Peace on Nov. 19. (Screenshot)

Japan is to host the Quad summit in 2022.

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue consisting of the U.S., Japan, India and Australia will discuss ways to further deepen cooperation.

Highlighting the Indo-Pacific arena, the US National Security Council’s coordinator for the Indo-Pacific Kurt Campbell has said that India and Vietnam are the key countries to strengthen relations with the Indo-Pacific point for the US.

India will be a key fulcrum player on the global stage in the 21st century, he stressed.

He opined at an event hosted by the Washington-based United States Institute of Peace the other day adding India is a crucial member in the Quad. India’s traditional position of nonalignment, or strategic autonomy, has kept the Quad from shifting to something like an Asian NATO or the recently launched AUKUS partnership of Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.

Vietnam as a “swing state” in the Indo-Pacific. Pointing to the many high-tech and manufacturing companies increasingly looking in that country “to diversify their holdings, investment, patterns of trade in Asia,” Campbell noted.

He said India, along with Vietnam and a few others, tops the list of critical countries that will define the future of Asia.

Such cooperation with allies and partners “is going to be the most essential feature of an effective strategy in the Indo-Pacific,” Campbell added.