Setting sail for a powerful India-German partnership

News: German navy frigate Bayern recently arrived in Mumbai after visiting Japan, Australia and other countries. This move is for strengthening the relationships between India and Germany. Bayern has also participated in NATO missions and operation Atlanta in the past.

Read here: India-Germany relations: After 16 years
About Indo-Pacific region

It is home to around 65% of the global population and 20 of the world’s 33 megacities. The region accounts for 62% of global GDP and 46% of the world’s merchandise trade.

The region is also the source of more than half of all global carbon emissions. This is why Indo-Pacific countries are key partners in tackling global challenges such as climate change, sustainable energy production etc.

Also read: How India and Germany can work together to tackle climate change
How India and Germany are important players in the Indo-Pacific region?

Germany has realized that the world’s political and economic centre of gravity is shifting to the Indo-Pacific region. Further, India will be the key player and strategic partner in this region. The visit of Bayern is a concrete outcome of Indo-Pacific guidelines that Germany adopted in 2020 and EU’s Indo-pacific strategy.

Read here: EU, India and the Indo Pacific

Germany is a trading nation. More than 20% of German trade is conducted in the Indo-Pacific neighbourhood. Just like India, for Germany too it is vital for trade routes to stay open, to uphold freedom of navigation and to ensure peaceful resolution of disputes based on international law.

How did Germany and India cooperate with each other to tackle Climate Change?

Germany cooperates with India to the tune of €1.3 billion a year in development projects. 90% of which goes in fighting climate change, saving natural resources as well as promoting clean and green energy. It is also helping India in the construction of the solar plant in Maharashtra’s Dhule, having a capacity of 125 Megawatt. This will serve 2,20,000 households and generate annual CO2 savings of 155,000 tons.

Read here: How India and German should collaborate?

Source: This post is based on the article “Setting sail for a powerful India-German partnershippublished in The Hindu on 22nd January 2022.

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