In a show of intent, external affairs ministry sets up Indo-Pacific wing

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  1. India has set up an Indo-Pacific division in the foreign office.The new division is intended to give a coherent architecture to the Indo Pacific policy,which was articulated by the prime minister at the Shangri-La Dialogue in 2018.
  2. The division will integrate the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA),Asean region and the Quad to the Indo-Pacific table.The US also recently renamed its Pacific Command to the Indo-Pacific Command as it seeks to give significance to its Indo-Pacific policy.
  3. India is also planning to put greater energy to the IORA because the heart of its Indo-Pacific policy is rooted in the Indian Ocean.This will integrate the blue economy part of the Indian policy with the security part which is a trilateral security mechanism between India,Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
  4. The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) is an international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.The Association comprises 21 member states and 9 dialogue partners.The Coordinating Secretariat of IORA is located at Ebene,Mauritius.
  5. The Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) is an intergovernmental security forum held annually by an independent think tank,the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore.The Shangri-La Dialogue has evolved into a key strategic gathering of the Asia-Pacific region.It is attended by defense ministers,permanent heads of ministries and military chiefs of Asia-Pacific states.