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DPG hosts 5th DPG-JIIA Indo-Pacific Forum

Date: November 23, 2022

The Delhi Policy Group (DPG) and The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) jointly organised the 5th India-Japan Indo-Pacific Forum in New Delhi on November 23, 2022.  This was the 8th edition of the India-Japan Track 1.5 Dialogue series, co-anchored by DPG and JIIA.  The event was hosted by DPG with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.  The JIIA delegation was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan.  The dialogue marked the resumption of in-person meetings of the Indo-Pacific Forum which have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic since 2019.
The DPG and JIIA delegations were led respectively by Ambassador Hemant Krishan Singh, Director General of DPG and Ambassador Sasae Kenichiro, President of JIIA.
The overarching theme of this year’s Indo-Pacific Forum was to forge greater understanding on convergent interests and the joint contributions of India and Japan to uphold Indo-Pacific stability, security and prosperity amidst disarray in the rules-based order.  Deliberations were organised in three sessions: “Global Developments, Power Alignments and Impact on Indo-Pacific Order” (Session 1); “India-Japan Bilateral Relations: Pathways to Progress” (Session 2); and “Power and Potential of India and Japan in Shaping the Indo-Pacific Order” (Open Session).  Sessions 1 and 2 were closed-door and governed by the Chatham House Rule.  The Open Session was live-streamed, and included audiences in major academic institutions of India and Japan.
H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India, and H.E. Mr. Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan, delivered virtual keynote addresses at the Open Session, affirming the importance attached by both governments to this premier forum for strategic communication between think tank experts and senior officials from both sides, aimed at harnessing greater policy coordination on the wide-ranging issues facing the Indo-Pacific. Mr. Vinay Kwatra, Foreign Secretary, Government of India, delivered keynote remarks at the opening session of the dialogue.
The event profile, agenda and programme can be seen here.
The Joint Statement issued by DPG and JIIA at the conclusion of the Forum can be seen here.