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Army Chief General Manoj Pande at Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference: “Peace and Stability in the Indo-Pacific are not abstract ideals, We Stand By It”

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By: Ayesha Mumtaz
Army Chief General Manoj Pande at Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference: “Peace and Stability in the Indo-Pacific are not abstract ideals, We Stand By It”

Indian Army’s Stance on Peace and Stability

As tensions escalate in the Indo-Pacific region, the Indian Army has reiterated its commitment to upholding peace and stability. This commitment is not just a theoretical understanding, but a practical response to the aspirations of millions who dream of a secure and prosperous future. In a recent statement, the Indian Army expressed its dedication to fostering an environment conducive to growth and prosperity, emphasizing that these ideals are deeply ingrained in India’s external affairs policies.

Indo-Pacific: A Crucial Geopolitical and Geoeconomic Region

Army Chief Gen. Manoj Pande emphasized the geopolitical significance and geoeconomic weight of the Indo-Pacific nations during the inaugural session of the 13th Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC). His comments drew attention to China’s growing military assertiveness in the region and the ongoing border dispute in eastern Ladakh. Gen. Pande noted that the Indo-Pacific region accounts for 65% of the world’s population, 63% of the global GDP, and 50% of the world’s maritime trade, underscoring the region’s pivotal role in the global strategic canvas.

Unity Amidst Diverse Objectives

While acknowledging that nations may have different methods and means to achieve their objectives, Gen. Pande stressed the shared goal: a free and open Indo-Pacific. The challenges posed are significant, but so is the collective wisdom and strength of the nations involved. Through open dialogue and exchange of ideas, innovative solutions to these challenges can be found. Pande also emphasized the importance of cooperation amongst land forces as a critical component of collective response, noting that the region is not just a collection of nations but a web of interdependencies.

India’s Role in the Indo-Pacific

India’s strategic location in the Indo-Pacific positions it as a key player in the region’s discourse. The nation’s outlook emphasizes respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, peaceful resolution of disputes, and adherence to international laws, rules, and regulations. The commitment to positively engaging all stakeholders in the region has been unwavering and enduring over the years. The challenges faced by the region transcend borders, and India believes that the response to these challenges must be collective, considering the region’s interconnectedness.

Navigating a Complex Web of Interdependencies

Army Chief Gen. Manoj Pande remarked that the Indo-Pacific region is bound by geography and the destinies of its nations are intertwined. The security and prosperity of one nation are intrinsically linked to the security and prosperity of its neighbours and beyond. As such, each nation has an important and pivotal role to play in maintaining peace and stability. This belief underscores the pressing need for collaboration among the armed forces of the Indo-Pacific nations.

Addressing the Challenges

The Indo-Pacific region is faced with a wide range of security and humanitarian concerns, including territorial disputes, transnational threats of terrorism, and the consequences of climate change. These challenges exist both on land and at sea and are manifesting as threats impacting one or more nations. Gen. Pande stressed the importance of cooperation amongst the land forces as a critical component of the collective response to these challenges. Despite the region’s complexities and challenges, Gen. Pande remains optimistic about finding innovative solutions through open dialogue and exchange of ideas.

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