External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar quoted that the perspectives of India and the US are along aligned paths in dealing with universal challenges like terrorism, climate change, and pandemics.
The opinions of India and the US in dealing with major global threats like terrorism, pandemics, and climate change are along parallel paths, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said at the India ideas summit organized by the US-India Business Council (USIBC).
He further said that the advantages of India being a prominent defense and security partner of the United States.
Speaking extensively on the Quad, the minister said that several areas of cooperation have emerged, including the pressing challenge of the pandemic.
“The most critical challenge – that of Covid – has been met through a Quad initiative which taps into the power of each of the participants,” he said.
On climate change, he further added that action was being coordinated, among other parameters, through the US-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership.
“The connection of advanced technologies is captured by Quad initiatives ranging from AI, 5G and beyond to critical minerals, space and blockchain, he stated.
“Our trade possibility is being more aggressively explored, consensual through the Trade Policy Forum and in a bigger group, with additional supply chains.
The significance of infrastructure is similarly being discussed in terms of high quality and market-viable initiatives,” he said.
What is QUAD
Quad is known as the ‘Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD); the Quad is an informal strategic forum consist of four nations, namely — United States of America (USA), India, Australia, and Japan.
The main objective of the Quad is to work for a free, open, prosperous, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
The group first met in 2007 on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) lines.
It is considered a union of maritime democracies, and the forum is handled by meetings, semi-regular summits, military drills, and information exchanges of all the member countries.
The Prime Minister’s Mantra
Jaishankar further referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s narration of India-US ties in five Ts, technology, trade, tradition, trusteeship, and talent.
He said that tradition is one of our popular values and spirit that put our people much closer and has helped bridge the gap between our societies.
In many ways, it is the foundation for the sixth T: which is trust. The T of technology is something that we all are aware of.
At a level, it is an expression of the creative urges of both our societies, Jaishankar said.
He further quoted that it is equally a powerful driver of business between the two sides.
Not least, but it has been the main reason for deepening the connection of our two countries. And more and more, a domain for both of us to work closely with the rest of the global community.
The technology T, of course, acquired directly from the talent T,” the external affairs minister said.
We both have motivated our best minds to address the challenges of our current era. In that process, they have developed ideas, innovations, and products that have transformed the nature of our lives.
And therefore, the next T, that of trade has flourished, he said.
In business, as much as in planning, we are attempting to understand the hesitations of history better. All of this has to be managed and conducted keeping in mind the long-term future of our environment.
Hence, he further added the relevance of the trusteeship T, a conviction in the well-being of our planet and securing it for future generations.