The Trump administration’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific region is based on the belief that nations in that region should be independent, strong, and satellites to none.
“Our Indo-Pacific vision is about developing … deep and respectful relationships, based on security, respect for the rule of law, and mutually beneficial economic development,” U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Harry Harris said September 4 at the Indian Ocean Conference.
The U.S. enjoys partnerships with India, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Maldives, among other Indo-Pacific nations.
The conference, held in Maldives, focused on themes of ecology, terrorism, and navigational security — all issues that concern both small island nations and larger continental countries.
Annyeonghi gyeseyo (안녕히 계세요) Maldives! Beautiful nation. Terrific Indian Ocean Conference #IOC2019. Well done and thanks India Foundation and RSIS. Thank you Ambassador Teplitz @USAmbSLM & Team Colombo. Heading home to Seoul via Singapore. pic.twitter.com/vxLfsnfhBB
— Harry Harris (@USAmbROK) September 4, 2019
Central to the implementation of security and good governance lies U.S. companies’ economic investments in the Indo-Pacific, which have doubled over the last decade. “When we invest, we create jobs, not debt,” Ambassador Harris said.
The U.S. remains the foremost investor in the Indo-Pacific region, producing:
- More than 5.1 million jobs.
- $1.8 trillion in two-way trade in 2017.
- 14 trade-and-investment framework agreements.
“Make no mistake about it, the United States is an Indo-Pacific nation — always has been and always will be,” Harris said.