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Thailand will be hosting the 2019 Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. From India’s end, the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff- Air Chief Marshal will be representing the conference.

Thailand to Host Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference 2019

Thailand to Host Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference 2019

Thailand to Host Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference 2019

Overview and Significance

  • “Collaboration in a free and Open Indo-Pacific” is the theme for conference.

  • The common challenges will be addressed by the attending nations during the conference.

  • With the participation of Indian Chairman COSC, the defence ties are further expected to get strengthen between India and Thailand.

  • Being an active participant India has always played a crucial role in different conferences mechanisms like the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), in ASEAN-led frameworks, in BIMSTEC and the Mekong-Ganga Economic Corridor.

  • To maintain security in the Indo-Pacific region through dialogue and freedom of navigation is one of the main objectives.

  • There lies few differences between India’s vision and the U. S. ‘s strategy for the Indo-Pacific.

  • The wing is further expected to integrate Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), ASEAN region and the Quad to the Indo-Pacific table.

India-Thailand Defence Relations

  • As far as the defence is concerned there has been a significant improvement in relations at political, economical and cultural levels.

  • In May 2003, the joint military group from both the countries Cooperation has expressed a common concern on Security Cooperation.

  • The defence has been one of the seven primary areas of focus to strengthen cooperation between countries.

  • The same concern to strengthen the defence relations between both the by the Thai Prime Minister’s during his official visit to India in January 2012.

  • In 2017, both the countries commemorated 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.

  • Moreover the India’s ‘Act East Policy’ has been complemented by Thailand’s ‘Act West Policy’.

  • Both the countries recently addressed the serious issue of sea migration particularly through the route of Bay of Bengal.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 19, 2019

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