India’s De-hyphenated Multi Alignment Policy: The French Connection

The visit of French President Mr. Emmanuel Macron to New Delhi provided India an opportunity to pursue multi alignment with reference to the Indian Ocean where two alternate alignments one in which India is a member are shaping up. These are the QUAD – India, United States, Australia and Japan and China sponsored 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR). While QUAD has yet to take formal shape, the Joint Strategic Vision of India-France Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region outlined on 10 March 2018 between India and France is a concrete step to jointly shape bilateral cooperative security architecture in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)..................The addition of France has widened multi-alignment and cannot be seen as China focused despite comments in the media, thus giving a fillip to India’s multi polar outreach.

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