The Tenth U.S-Japan-India Track II Strategic Dialogue
Jay Panda visited Japan as part of a delegation of Parliamentarians and industry leaders to participate in the U.S-Japan-India Strategic Dialogue. The dialogue was organized by the ASPEN Institute India together with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Centre for Strategic and International Studies and the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo, Japan from the 17th-19th May 2013, one week before a key summit between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Abe in Tokyo. The delegates met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, and other senior government officials responsible for foreign affairs, defense, energy and economic strategy. Jay Panda also spoke on a panel that discussed the political developments in the two countries. All delegates reaffirmed that the three nations share common interests and are well poised to develop a joint vision for a rule-based order and security architecture in Asia. Delegates also reiterated a common interest in promoting stability and economic progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the development of safe and secure energy resources, including nuclear power; countering proliferation challenges; and continuing support for the adoption of democratic norms internationally. Other members of the Indian delegation included: Mr. Gautam Thapar (Chairman, Avantha Group); Mr. Tarun Das (Founding Trustee, Aspen Institute India and Former Chief Mentor of CII); Mr. Premvir Saran Das (Former Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command); Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu (Former Minister of Industry, Environment and Forest & Power); and Mr. Nand Kishore Singh (Member of Parliament, RajyaSabha).