Indo-Pacific allies seek to curb China’s influence in the region
DW, 15 Apr 2021
Bilateral relations between India and France are in focus during French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s three day visit to India. On Tuesday he met Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar. Both sides are keen to expand co-operation in what’s become known as the Indo-Pacific Region. Co-operation in the maritime domain is an essential part of the relationship as was evident in the recently concluded naval exercise La Perouse, which saw French and Indian naval vessels on manouvers with those from other nations.
In talks between US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer the two countries agreed to strengthen cooperation on global challenges and combating the “malign influence of their shared strategic rivals”. Kramp-Karrenbauer said Germany will send a frigate to the Indo-Pacific that also “champions freedom of navigation”.
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