KABUL: The United States forces withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Coronavirus, has challenged countries in the Indian Ocean, said Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.
“The American withdrawal from Afghanistan leaves both the immediate and extended region grappling with serious concerns about terrorism, radicalism, instability, narco-trafficking and governance practices. Given proximity and sociology, we are all affected one way or the other,” said Mr. Jaishankar, addressing the Indian Ocean Conference, organized by the Delhi-based India Foundation, and attended by leaders and delegates ranging from the Gulf region to the Pacific Islands.
“The consequences of China’s growing capabilities are particularly profound because of the extrapolation of its domestic seamlessness to the world outside… Separately, we have also seen a sharpening of tensions on territorial issues across the breadth of Asia. Agreements and understandings of yesteryears now seem to have some question marks,” he added.
Mr. Jaishankar also spoke about a shift in the U.S.’s strategic power posture and new-found “caution” in the region along with a number of territorial disputes in Asia as global trends of the most concern.