The outcome of the 2+2 makes it clear that Indo-Pacific remains a priority. The Hamas attack on Israel has brought renewed focus on the clear and present danger of terrorism and its fallouts. Enhanced partnership in defence is another important element that builds on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June earlier this year. Trade and technology form the other pillars. Each element underscores the commitment of the two countries to work together to preserve a rules-based order.
Beijing has predictably warned about the dangers of ‘trying to contain China by luring India‘ into the US orbit. Its concerns stem from India’s growing role on the world stage. The forward-looking aspects of collaborations in a range of sectors add to Beijing’s sense of annoyance. For India, this is a moment to leverage and build its own capabilities as an equal partner, cementing its place in the world. And to do its bit to make the world a safer place for all parties.