Southeast Asian leaders celebrate ties with India

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

This is also the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.

In the run up to the summit, various programmes ranging from culture to trade have been organised by India such as the ASEAN India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas which was held in Singapore on January 6-7, 2018. "India does not want an Asia that is dominated by China", Dhruva Jaishankar, a fellow at Brookings India, told the paper.

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman "The Prime Minister's intention that the "Look East" policy should now be the "Act East" policy is really taking shape". This is significant in the light of growing Chinese assertiveness and irredentism in South China Sea.

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It further said there is a need to promote private sector engagement and strengthen business-to-business relations, including through the ASEAN-India Business Council, and encourage trade events to promote brand awareness of ASEAN and India products and services to further broaden and deepen economic linkages. The trilateral highway involving the three countries as well as the Kaladan multi-modal transit and transport project are examples.

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He also hoped to seek support from the Indian side and local authorities to put the project on schedule and at good quality.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday proposed to visiting ASEAN leaders to set up a joint women navy team for circumnavigation.

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President Rodrigo Duterte along with a lean delegation arrived here on Wednesday for his participation in the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.

The two-day event beginning on Thursday will showcase the growing cultural and economic ties between India and these countries. Several have participated in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) with greater vigour and paid attention to the concept of the Indo-Pacific, though some of them feel the concept may detract from ASEAN centrality.

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Asia has also become a lot more complex strategically because of a couple of different factors. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, then-U.S. President Barack Obama and France's Francois Hollande were guests of honor in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

A less obvious factor is Russian Federation. "But we have a common cultural link that is not just a mere connection, but a living link".

Beijing, however, views India's newest satellite tracking station in Vietnam as an attempt to "stir up trouble" in the disputed South China Sea.

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