Speaking Of Asia

Inside story of Abe and the 'Indo-Pacific'

It began with a then relatively low-ranking Japanese politician seeking a meeting with India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Then Japanese PM Abe and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh after talks in New Delhi on Aug 22, 2007. PHOTO: AFP
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Few concepts have so seized the strategic discourse of the world in recent times as the epoch-defining "Indo-Pacific". Few realise how such big concepts can often emerge from the simplest of personal gestures.

The United States now calls its former Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, the Indo-Pacific Command. Asean has an "Outlook" for the Indo-Pacific. So does the European Union as a bloc, and several of the EU member states have their individual Indo-Pacific strategies. Australia, too.

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