NEW DELHI: Pointing out that the developments in the Indo-Pacific region will shape the century, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi said that it is time for cooperation and India has a big role to play.
“This century is going to be shaped by what happens in the Indo-Pacific. And as the name suggests, it’s Indo Pacific. So India will have its own element of existence and challenges,” Lekhi said at an interactive conclave, India’s geo-economic conclave, on Wednesday.
The Indo-Pacific region boasts 65 per cent of the world population, 63 per cent of the world GDP, 46 per cent of the world trade and 50 per cent of the current maritime trade.
“So this indicates how important the Indo-Pacific region is in the global existence when we are discussing global strategies,” Lekhi said.
Lekhi also said that India is going to have a pivotal role to play in the changing times.
“The globalised world has seen its own challenges. And self-reliant India, the Aatmanirbhar India, is for the world. During the pandemic, we did protect our interests, but in addition to protecting our interests, our services, our goods, everything was available to the world. Thus a strong India is good for the world, a strong India stands on the right side of the world,” she said.
Pointing out the fact that though the challenges remain for centuries, the nature of threats has changed.
“The threats do exist, but far larger in number and far greater in-depth. As we have seen during the pandemic the threat to global order exists, not just in the open, but in the shadows,” she said, “And these shadows are run through cyber-attacks by warfare, supply chain disruptions and shortage of critical goods to minerals.”
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