"Given our broad shared interests in maritime security, the Department (of Defence) has developed a three-pronged approach to maritime cooperation with India," the Pentagon said in a report sent to the US Congress yesterday.
    
This approach includes maintaining a shared vision on maritime security issues, upgrading bilateral maritime security partnership and collaborating to both build regional partner capacity and improve regional maritime domain awareness.
    
First, the US and India's shared vision for maritime security in the region is reflected in the January 2015 Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region.
    
In the vision document, the two countries affirmed the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea.
    
This Joint Strategic Vision and the September 2014 US-India Joint Statement also called on all parties to abide by international law, including the Law of the Sea Convention, to resolve maritime disputes and to avoid the use, or threat of use of force.
    
Further the Department of Defence and the Indian Ministry of Defense are upgrading their bilateral maritime security partnership, through growing bilateral exchanges between military personnel and by engaging in military exercises, the report said.

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