Jaishankar’s US sojourn lauded as global experts see time ‘ripe’ for Asia

Jaishankar’s US sojourn lauded as global experts see time ‘ripe’ for Asia

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New Delhi, Oct 4 :  External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's extended tour of the United States and detailed explanation to various think tanks on Kashmir and roadmap undertaken by New Delhi have evoked positive response from global experts at a time when Asia is seen "rising in scale" and turning a new stage of globalisation.

"The impact of India's foreign policy cannot be judged until the results are in. What we can see now is the government's understanding of the changed world dynamics, its updated political, economic and security interests, and the pursuit of multiple new means to advance them," tweeted Peter Lavoy, a former senior official in the Obama administration.

He adds, "I have studied India for 30 years, when its foreign policy was largely hesitant, reactive and ineffectual. My takeaway from Dr S Jaishankar is that India now has a firm grasp of its interests around the world and an assertive, self-confident and purposeful strategy to advance them."

The observations came against the backdrop of Indian foreign minister virtually taking it forward from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had left during his high-level engagements with global leaders and business tycoons in the US.

Jaishankar had last week shared his views on Kashmir situation and India's positioning on major global issues before all top think tanks in America - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Atlantic Council, the Heritage Foundation and the Brookings Institution.

"The reality is that the space yielded by the West has been filled by many players not just China. Some like India can aspire to an improved position, others like Germany could increase the weight through collective endeavors ....," said External Affairs Minister at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC.
Lately, a new McKinsey Global Institute research shows 'Frontier Asia and India' - including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and India, will play a new game turning themselves collectively into a 'new stage' of globalisation.

"For years, observers have breathlessly discussed Asia’s future potential. The future has arrived. We have entered the Asian century," says Jonathan Woetzel, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute.

In fact, such remarks are seen in tune with what many others have said lately that no aspect of life in Europe and the US is today "immune from Asianisation".
Both statistics and general experience of global business suggest that the Asians are sharing economic and governance models as never before and there is a outward push in "reshaping business and culture life across North America and Europe, South America and Africa".

Others like Woetzel also say - "But it’s not only external flows being channeled into Asia. Dynamic intra-regional networks are also driving progress. Around 60 per cent of Asian countries’ total trade in goods occurs within the region, facilitated by increasingly integrated Asian supply chains".

Against this backdrop yet again, it is imperative to go back to what Dr Jaishankar said in his interaction with another think tank - Atlantic Council - "Now I see that the West needs India, it needs India because India is an additional engine of growth that the market access is important, that India's human resources will become more relevant to the world, that we will move to a multipolar world".

The Minister also underlined, "I would make the converse argument which is India needs the West and India needs the West for a variety of reasons ..... So whether it is the rise of Japan, whether, even the rise of Soviet Union, the rise of Korea, of the ASEAN, of China, all these would not have been possible had they not been done in tandem with the Western interests and Western thinking of that period.".(UNI)