The discussion “Trends in the Indo-Pacific: a Common Approach to Rising Challenges” was held with Camille P. Dawson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at U.S. Department of State; Melisa Doherty, Director of the Office of Security and Transnational Affairs within the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; and Konstantinas Andrijauskas, EESC Associate Expert. The discussion was moderated by Tomas Janeliūnas, EESC Chief Research Programme Officer.
The event mainly focused on the US vision and objectives in the Indo-Pacific region, its partnership with the European Union and countries in the region. This vision is based on several key topics: advancing freedom and openness, building connections, driving prosperity, and building resilience to transnational threats. The US is particularly committed toworking with the European Union to pursue common interests and strategies that are consistent to its objectives in the Indo-Pacific region. Furthermore, Lithuania, recognizing the threat posed by China, has also been actively seeking to establish relations in the Indo-Pacific.