Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)

Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)


  • The Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) is a strategic concept that promotes cooperation and security in the region.
  • Aims to ensure a rules-based order, freedom of navigation, and economic prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.


  • Promote a free, open, and inclusive region where nations can thrive and prosper.
  • Strengthen maritime security and stability in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Enhance economic connectivity, trade, and investment among regional countries.

Key Principles

  • Rules-Based Order: Uphold international law, including freedom of navigation and peaceful resolution of disputes.
  • Inclusiveness: Engage all stakeholders and respect the sovereignty and interests of all nations in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Transparency: Promote transparency in governance, infrastructure projects, and economic activities.

Members of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP):

  • The United States
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • India
  • Other countries in the Indo-Pacific region

Code of Conduct for the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP):

  • Upholding international law and norms, including freedom of navigation and overflight.
  • Promoting peaceful resolution of disputes and avoiding the use of force or coercion.
  • Ensuring transparency and responsible governance in infrastructure development projects.
  • Enhancing cooperation in maritime security, including combating piracy and illegal fishing.
  • Encouraging economic connectivity and trade that is fair, open, and beneficial to all.
  • Collaborating on issues such as cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and nonproliferation of weapons.
  • Respecting human rights, democratic values, and the rule of law.
  • Promoting inclusiveness and engaging with all stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Fostering cultural exchanges, educational cooperation, and people-to-people connections.
  • Supporting sustainable development, environmental protection, and addressing climate change challenges.

Security Cooperation

  • Strengthen defense and security partnerships to address common security challenges.
  • Promote information sharing, capacity building, and joint exercises among regional nations.
  • Combat transnational threats such as terrorism, piracy, and illicit trafficking.

Economic Connectivity

  • Enhance infrastructure development and connectivity projects to foster economic integration.
  • Promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth through trade, investment, and technology transfer.
  • Support the development of digital economies and innovation ecosystems.

Partnerships and Engagement

  • Foster partnerships with regional countries, international organizations, and multilateral forums.
  • Collaborate on issues such as climate change, disaster response, and public health emergencies.
  • Promote people-to-people exchanges, cultural diplomacy, and educational cooperation.

Future Outlook

  • The FOIP concept is gaining momentum as countries recognize the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
  • Continued collaboration and commitment are necessary to ensure the realization of the FOIP's goals.
  • The FOIP will play a crucial role in shaping the geopolitical dynamics and economic landscape of the Indo-Pacific region.