In a show of intent, India has rearranged three of its foreign office divisions to impart a sharper diplomatic focus to the Asia-Pacific region. The move symbolically aligns with the US move a year back of renaming its Pacific military command as the US Indo-Pacific Command.
The new Asia-Pacific division of the Ministry of External Affairs will comprise the three earlier divisions of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), ASEAN and the Quad sections.
The ASEAN division handles the 10 member countries of this South-East Asian grouping, Quad deals with India’s confabulations on a joint maritime strategy with Australia, Japan and the US while IORA keeps an eye on a loose grouping of about two dozen Indian Ocean Littoral countries with the marked exception of Pakistan and China. Read More