India to host 2+2 ministerial dialogue with US
India will host the next 2+2 ministerial dialogue with the US on November 9th, 2023
India-US Strategic Meeting and Regional Dynamics
- India’s Strategic Meeting: Addressing recent economic growth and factors like PMIs, inflation trends, and external accounts. Also, reflecting on the context of the ongoing India-US 2+2 meeting.
- China’s Role in the South China Sea: Detailing recent hostilities between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. Mentioning conflicting claims, the trigger for tension, and the involvement of Quad nations.
- Diplomatic Dilemma and the Way Forward: Reflecting on the dynamics between nations and their approach towards China. The dilemma for security strategists and potential strategies to counter China's assertiveness. Also, discussing trade dependencies and future approaches.
The Dilemma Surrounding China's Assertiveness
- Escalating Tensions in the South China Sea: Detailing the recent allegations and responses from the Philippines and China in the South China Sea. Analyzing the historic conflict and recent actions that might potentially involve the US.
- The Philippines' Relationship Dynamics: Reflecting on the Philippines’ shifting alliances, closer relations with the US, Japan’s role, and the rhetoric surrounding the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP).
- Security Strategists’ Dilemma: Discussing the complex dilemma faced by various countries, including Australia and India, balancing security concerns against trade dependencies with China.
Strategic Dynamics and Future Scenarios
- Maritime Options and Bilateral Relationships: Discussing alternate strategies in the maritime domain and new initiatives like AUKUS. Reviewing China’s concerns in the Malacca Strait and the challenges for policy makers.
- Strategic Standpoints: Considering the various levels of support for the Philippines among nations. Also, delving into the implications and possible outcomes of the US-China contestation in relation to India’s relationships and the future Quad summit.