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India’s pivot to Southeast Asia

TO commemorate 25 years of dialogue partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), India hosted 10 leaders from the member countries as chief guests for its Republic Day celebrations. In his Republic Day editorial that appeared in 27 newspapers and in 10 languages, Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on the shared values and common destiny between India and Asean, which have moved on from being dialogue partners to strategic partners. It is therefore evident that Asean and Southeast Asia are on India’s priority list. There are certain imperatives on which India seeks to engage with Asean: geopolitical, economic, and socio-cultural. SEE ALSO: Russia, India, China affirm partnership against terrorism First, the geopolitics. The central issue on which Indo-Asean relations deeply thrive is China. The Modi government’s 2014 Act East Policy (a successor to the Look East Policy of the 1990s) came as an anaesthetic solution to China’s growing assertiveness in the region and was welcomed by the members of Asean. In July 2016, China’s decision to ignore the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration regarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea provided further impetus for this relationship. With India a big power in the region, the countries of Southeast Asia expect India to serve as a balance to China. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, leave after attending the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India January 26, 2018. Source: Reuters/Adnan Abidi SEE ALSO: Experts call for greater education integration across Asean Furthermore, some of New Delhi’s consolations for Asean members, like its 2015 offer for access to India’s indigenous satellite navigation system, the GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN), received no uptake from the nations of Southeast Asia. They instead chose the alternate offer from China. The... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, India’s pivot to Southeast Asia, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you India’s pivot to Southeast Asia

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Sunday, 4 March, 2018

 

 

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