"The United States is looking for new ways to complement India's Act East policy and find meaningful areas of cooperation in the Asia Pacific," he said.
"We're leveraging America's alliances and partnerships to pursue new forms of cooperation and that is why America's trilateral networks are blossoming," Carter said.
He pointed out that with Japan and Australia, the U.S. is strengthening maritime security in Southeast Asia, expanding trilateral exercises and exploring defence technology cooperation.
With Japan and Korea, the United States is building on a first-of-its kind information-sharing arrangement that will help collectively deter and respond to crises, he said. "And with Japan and India, the United States is sharing lessons learned on disaster responses and building greater maritime security cooperation," said Carter.
Prior to India, Carter will leave for Vietnam after his Singapore visit to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue. The exact dates of his travel were not given. He will be visiting Haiphong and then Hanoi, where he and Vietnamese Defense Minister General Thanh will sign a Joint Vision Statement that for the first time commits both the United States and Vietnam to greater operational cooperation.
"Each of these stops, just like my visits to Japan and the Republic of Korea last month, is a reminder of the regional demand for persistent American engagement and the importance of the regional security architecture that has helped so many Asia-Pacific nations rise and prosper," he said. Referring to issues related to the South China Sea, Carter said the United States wants a shared regional architecture that is strong enough, capable enough, and connected enough to ensure that all Asia-Pacific people and nations have the opportunity to rise and continue to rise in the future.