Indeed, India has been championing the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) idea with a multitude of initiatives, such as forums like the Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) and the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI). It engages with its Indo-Pacific partners either bilaterally, or on multilateral platforms, in a wide array of spheres including maritime security, Blue Economy, maritime connectivity, disaster management, and capacity building.
In April 2019, India set up an Indo-Pacific wing in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) – a division is meant to integrate under one Indo-Pacific umbrella, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.
Noting that the world order built following the Second World War is under serious stress, Jaishankar said the nature of threats faced by member states when the United Nations was founded 75 years ago has also changed. "Contemporary security challenges are not limited to territorial or political disputes, but transcend physical or political boundaries," he said. "In today's globalised world, terrorism, radicalisation, drug trafficking and organised crime have a growing salience. The security implications of new technologies cannot be disregarded," he said, underscoring that in order to face such diverse challenges, “we need coordinated and concerted action across borders."