SINGAPORE: India looks at an open, inclusive and balanced region connected by secure seas, integrated by trade and investment, underpinned by the rule of law, External Affairs Minister S Jaishanakar said on Monday, as he sought Singapore's support in addressing the challenges posed by the changing world.
Addressing the inaugural session of India Singapore: The Next Phase of Strategic Partnership, Jaishankar said, "There is no hegemonic power to underwrite an international order but nor is there a global compact among nations. The international situation today is under stress."
In geopolitics, it's not only the rise of China and the sharper competition between the United States and China but the simultaneous rise of several countries, the promise of an Asian century whose rise still has challenges to overcome, he said.
"We do see multilateralism in retreat. There are question marks about the effectiveness of institution that we have set up in the last 50 years," he said.
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September 10, 2019