Japan -Australia-India-U.S. Consultations
May 31, 2019
1. On May 31, senior officials from Japan, Australia, India, and the United States met in Bangkok for consultations on their collective efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
2. The four countries recalled their shared commitment to preserving and promoting the rules-based order in the region. They affirmed their intent to continue close coordination and collaboration in support of sustainable development, maritime security, and good governance. They noted initiatives from each country to provide tools and opportunities to quality infrastructure investment in accordance with international standards and leverage the potential of the private sector.
3. The four countries highlighted their efforts to maintain universal respect for international law and freedom of navigation and overflight. They also emphasized the importance of cooperative efforts to support regional security needs.
4. The four countries agreed to continue to explore opportunities to enhance various cooperation, including regional disaster response, cybersecurity, maritime security, counterterrorism, and nonproliferation. They also noted their desire to work with like-minded partners and allies to promote a transparent, rules-based approach to trans-boundary challenges.
5. In reviewing recent developments in the region, the four countries welcomed the efforts made by ASEAN member countries towards an ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook. They further affirmed their strong support for ASEAN centrality and ASEAN-led regional architecture.
6. The four countries underscored their intent to continue regular consultations on Indo-Pacific engagement and initiatives together and with other interested countries and institutions, in order to support a diverse, peaceful, and prosperous region.