The United States of America has endorsed the strategic partnership between India and Japan. A state Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, “The US strongly supports India’s collaboration and cooperation with its neighbours in the Asia Pacific. We actively support such collaboration through our trilateral dialogue and other activities with India and Japan, and look forward to strengthening further our trilateral cooperation”.
“As we have long said, a strong, prosperous India contributes to regional and global peace and prosperity,” Psaki added.
The Pentagon has also welcomed the decision of India and Japan to take the strategic partnership to the next level. Jeffrey S Pool, a Defence Department spokesperson said, “We are very excited that Japan’s participation in Exercise Malabar is becoming routine and believe that credible, ready, and inter-operable maritime forces help to preserve peace, prevent conflict, and foster a spirit of cooperation to meet regional and global challenges for mutual benefit”.