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US experts stress upon the need for increased India-US-Japan developmental collaboration
In wake of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson levelling accusations against China of indulging in predatory economics, an increased collaboration has been sought between the Unites States, India and Japan by American experts. This partnership shall be aimed at providing alternative developmental efforts to countries of the Indo-Pacific region.

Manpreet Singh Anand, former deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia in the Obama administration, said, "The US, India, and Japan can offer alternative options for economic connectivity that can compete and possibly even cooperate with China's Belt and Road Initiative, where appropriate.

Anand, who is now a distinguished professor of practice at the prestigious National Defence University, said that each of these countries namely India, Japan and the US can bring various resources and expertise in the forms of private sector investment, clear and transparent rules of commerce, experience with large infrastructure projects, technology and innovative approaches that can create game changing effects.

In his address to a Congressional reception organised by the Global Partnership Foundation, as a precursor to the Global Partnership Summit to be held in New Delhi from December 11 to 14, Anand said, "Given that we have committed to a global order based on fairness and growth for all, we have a foundation of shared values to build upon."

President of the prestigious Hudson Institute Ken Weinstein, said that developing India-US-Japan trilateral partnership has been a major area of focus for the top American think-tank.

"The subject of US-India-Japan trilateral relations is one near and dear to our hearts at Hudson Institute," he said.

He informed that the Hudson Institute was the first to have held a conference on US-Japan-India trilateral relationship in Tokyo in 2006 and the keynote address had been delivered by none other than the erstwhile Cabinet Secretary of Japan Shinzo Abe, who is now the Prime Minister of Japan.

Weinstein said, "In his keynote address then, Abe talked about the need to grow closer US-Japan-India ties 'to work together more closely not just in the area of trade and development but also on security policies to meet the challenge of a rising China and the various challenges that pose and the need to promote a rules-based order and stable rise of China and a rules-based Asia Pacific region open to trade'."

"And in fact, as we look at it, the very strong possibility of a US-Japan-India trilateral at some point in the near future, it is also quite likely that the Australians will come on board with this notion of a trilateral. The relationship is growing deeper by the day," he said.

Weinstein, who returned from Tokyo just last week said that he met with senior Japanese officials 'who were quite excited about the increased Japan-India defence trade and the increased defence cooperation that is going on between our three nations'.

Weinstein said, "Japanese officials see it as fundamental to the future of the Indo-Pacific region, a vision that President Donald Trump is outlining on his trip through Asia now."

Chairman of India Centre Foundation Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, while speaking about the alternative model of development, insisted the three countries need to adopt and collaborate on.

East West Centre's Satu Limaye said that Donald Trump is carrying on in one-core continuity from where his predecessors left which is building US-Japan-India trilateral relations.

Expressing optimism about the structural requirement for this relationship, Limaye said that whatever political changes occur in Tokyo, Delhi or Washington DC, the underlying driver of this relationship is going to continue.

"The fact that you have the third, second and tenth largest populations and the first, third and ninth largest economies - likely to get higher on the economic range as India grows - and democracies, is simply a symbolic and substantive reason that these three countries should cooperate. And the fact that they didn't so much before is again somewhat surprising," he said.

"It can't be emphasised enough as we have challengers such as Russia and China to the international rules and law- based order, that we have countries like Japan, the US, and India working together to uphold a rules-based international system," he said.

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