German helping hand for Indo-Pacific nations on issues of climate change and security

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European powers especially Germany and France are expanding their engagement in Indo-Pacific to maintain power equilibrium in the region, amidst the rising tension apart from tackling the climate crisis which is posing a threat to the Indo-Pacific countries.

“In the Indo-Pacific region the rules-based international order is coming under mounting pressure, geopolitical tensions are exacerbating territorial conflicts and the risk of escalation is growing, for instance in the Taiwan Strait. At the same time, the climate crisis is posing an increasing threat to the existence of many Indo-Pacific countries,” said a report by German Federal Foreign Office.

The report further highlighted the steps Germany is taking along with its partners in the last few years for a rules-based international order, to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and expand the role of the European Union.

Germany continues to play a dominant role in monitoring UN sanctions against North Korea and participating in maritime cooperation exercises in the region.

“In February 2022, the frigate Bayern successfully completed its patrol and training mission in the Indo-Pacific, during which it was also involved in monitoring UN sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and took part in maritime cooperation exercises,” added the report.

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In addition, it is conducting training and military exercises with the countries in the region for showing solidarity with the allies.

“Germany is supporting further training measures in international maritime law and the equipping of coast guards with reconnaissance drones to monitor coastal areas, for example, in the Philippines. The Federal Government is currently participating in military exercises in the context of Rapid Pacific 2022 in order to intensify security cooperation,” further said the report.

Also, it is partnering with countries in the region such as India and Vietnam to counter climate change by encouraging the adoption of renewable sources of energy.

Germany is in the process of negotiating the G7 Just Energy Transition Partnerships with India, Indonesia, and Viet Nam to accelerate the phasing-out of coal-based power and the expansion of renewables.

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In the context of the Partnership for Green and Sustainable Development, Germany is supporting India’s efforts to achieve its national climate and sustainable development goals by 2030 to the tune of 10 billion euros. Germany is also promoting various projects in the Indo-Pacific in the spheres of renewable energy, forest, and marine protection, and biodiversity.

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