Recently, the Defence Minister of India has participated in the 10th Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
GS II: International Relations
Dimensions of the Article:
- Key Points from Indian Address in ADMM-Plus Meeting
- ADMM-Plus: Strengthening Regional Security and Defence Cooperation
Key Points from Indian Address in ADMM-Plus Meeting
ASEAN’s Central Role:
- India acknowledged ASEAN’s central role in the region and commended its efforts in promoting dialogue and consensus.
Commitment to International Laws:
- India reaffirmed its commitment to freedom of navigation, overflight, and lawful commerce in international waters.
- Emphasized alignment with international laws, including UNCLOS 1982.
- Advocated for consultative and development-oriented security initiatives within ADMM-Plus.
- Aimed for consensus-driven cooperation to enhance Maritime Security in the region.
Dialogue for Global Stability:
- Stressed the importance of dialogue and diplomacy for lasting peace and global stability.
- Urged moving away from an “us versus them” mindset, highlighting the contemporary era’s avoidance of war.
Appreciation for Joint Initiatives:
- Appreciated ASEAN Member States’ active participation in joint initiatives, including peacekeeping operations and maritime exercises.
Counter-Terrorism Co-Chair Proposal:
- India proposed to co-chair the Expert Working Group on Counter-Terrorism, addressing the serious threat of terrorism in the ASEAN region.
Current Co-Chair Responsibilities:
- Highlighted India’s ongoing co-chairing of the Expert Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) with Indonesia in the 2021-2024 cycle.
ADMM-Plus: Strengthening Regional Security and Defence Cooperation
- The ADMM-Plus serves as a collaborative platform between ASEAN and its eight Dialogue Partners.
- Dialogue Partners include Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United States.
Significance of ADMM:
- The ADMM (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting) stands as the paramount defence consultative and cooperative mechanism within ASEAN.
- Inaugural ADMM-Plus convened in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, in 2010.
- Since 2017, annual meetings aim to enhance dialogue and cooperation amid rising regional security challenges.
- Build capacity among ASEAN Member States to collectively address shared security challenges.
- Foster mutual trust and transparency among defence establishments through increased dialogue.
- Enhance regional peace and stability by addressing transnational security challenges.
- Facilitate the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme for a peaceful, secure, and prosperous ASEAN.
- The ADMM-Plus meets annually to promote dialogue and cooperation, considering the evolving regional security landscape.
- Emphasis on varying capacities among ASEAN Member States.
- Collaboration to address transnational security challenges in the region.
Implementation of Vientiane Action Programme:
- Focus on realizing the Vientiane Action Programme’s goals, advocating for a peaceful, secure, and prosperous ASEAN.
- Adoption of outward-looking external relation strategies with Dialogue Partners.