With China’s celebration of the fifth anniversary of its Belt and Road Initiative, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) gaining speed, and India and Japan’s Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) in development, it appears that the Indo-Pacific is moving toward connectivity. However, security considerations, trade tensions, and criticisms of each initiative persist. Experts on Japan, India, and China convened at The George Washington University to discuss each country’s calculus and the general trends in the region at an event co-sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Moderator and RPI Director Deepa Ollapally posed three broad questions to the panel: What does the concept of “Indo-Pacific” mean to each country? What are the primary motivations behind their vision of the Indo-Pacific? Is the region moving toward connectivity and cooperation or competition and conflict?
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