Address by Foreign Secretary at the Regional Connectivity Conference : South Asia in the Indo-Pacific Context

Address by Foreign Secretary at the Regional Connectivity Conference : South Asia in the Indo-Pacific Context,For India, the subject of connectivity has deep-rooted historical associations and enormous contemporary policy relevance. Robust connectivity has been the boon and barometer of India’s prosperity and well-being in history. Our culture has been enriched by ancient linkages with the rest of the world, just as the light of Indian culture has shone in lands connected across land and seas by monks and merchants. In the modern age, the correlation between connectivity and economic growth has got even more pronounced. Growth in trade, commerce, industrial development and technological advancement have gone hand in hand with the ease of connecting. Regional connectivity in South Asia is today very much of relevance to the wider Indo-Pacific and the world at large. This is because physical connectivity is only a part of the larger web of trade and economic interaction, digital connectivity, people-to-people links and knowledge connectivity that are the defining parameters of the Indo-Pacific region. India views the Indo-Pacific as a positive construct of development and connectivity, in which India can play a unique role by virtue of its geographical location and economic gravity. As Prime Minister Modi outlined in his speech at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue, we believe in a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific Region, which includes all nations in this geography and others who have a stake in it. 


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