India-Italy-Japan launched their trilateral, the second trilateral involving India and a European power – hoping to create stability and a rules-based international order based on the consent of all, not on the power of the few in the Indo-Pacific region.
- The trilateral was launched through a virtual meeting involving the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the Embassies of Italy in Tokyo and New Delhi and the Japanese foreign ministry besides representatives of the three countries’ important think tanks.
- Last year, India-France-Australia launched a trilateral mechanism and this has taken momentum with the foreign ministerial level meet this year. India and Japan are part of two other trilateral mechanisms for the Indo-Pacific region –– India-Japan-USA and India-Japan-Australia. Besides, India and Australia have launched a trilateral involving Indonesia, SE Asia’s biggest country. India-Japan-Russia has launched track two level trilateral mechanism for the Indo-Pacific region with special focus on Russian Far-East.