On the sidelines of the DPD, Mr. Chan and Dr. Kumar witnessed the signing of the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) agreements between the Director of the Changi Regional Coordination Centre (HRCC), Colonel James Liew, and Colonel Nitin Sehgal, Colonel Nitin Sehgal of the Integrated Defence Staff of India: Signing of implementation agreements following the exchange of a Memorandum of Understanding at the 4th Defence Ministers (DMD) in 2019 on deepening cooperation within THE HADR, and underlines the joint commitment of the two countries to strengthen THE cooperation and coordination of HADR. As part of this agreement, Changi RHCC will examine closer operational cooperation in response to disasters and capacity-building activities of common interest in Singapore and India`s integrated defence personnel. It is true that many Asian nations, such as the United States, are often wary of China`s intentions, but it is enough to see how the United States` own HADR efforts have helped to repair the wounds of World War II and the Cold War suffered by many of these Asian opponents. Convincing China to play a more proactive role in HADR`s efforts in the Asia-Pacific region would have several benefits for both the United States and China. Participation in joint exercises does not pose a threat to national security and China, which assumes more responsibility in this area, would reduce some of the financial and military burden that the United States bears in large part. This would allow the United States to release the necessary assets elsewhere in the world. In times of disaster, the U.S. military typically uses aircraft carriers, amphibious ships and other assets that need to be redistributed from other locations. Enhanced cooperation would also strengthen joint cooperation and preparedness and ensure a faster and more effective response to the next inevitable disaster in the region.
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has made a significant contribution to humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) assistance in Asia. The geographic area known as the Ring of Fire, which stretches from Christchurch to New Zealand to the Bering Highway, the Pacific coast of the United States and the southern tip of Chile, is disproportionately vulnerable to natural disasters. The Southeast Asian region, in particular, is hit every year by typhoons, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. The United States has been providing several forms of humanitarian assistance to nations in the Asia-Pacific region for decades; It was only after the end of the Cold War that USPACOM (United States Pacific Command) began conducting major HADR missions. Since 1989, the U.S. military has led almost all major disasters in Southeast Asia. Although voices are being raised on both sides to reject the idea of enhanced military cooperation of any kind, the positive effects of second- and third-order HADR cooperation outweigh the concerns. It is a fact that the Asia-Pacific region is constantly affected by major natural disasters and there is little question of these disasters multiplying over the coming years with frequency and magnitude.