Tag: ASEAN

India’s relations with South-East Asian Nations – Strengths, Challenges and the Path ahead
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India’s relations with South-East Asian Nations – Strengths, Challenges and the Path ahead

South-east Asia is very important to India from economic, political, social, defence, maritime trade and security.  ASEAN is India’s fourth largest trading partner and the mutual trade stands at about US$ $78 billion in 2021, which is approximately 10% of India’s overall trade. Southeast Asian nations are under direct attack from China through debt trap diplomacy, […]

Opinion | The Pacific blunder of the West and a nonstarter AUKUS
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Opinion | The Pacific blunder of the West and a nonstarter AUKUS

Alarm bells are ringing in the South Pacific after the government of Solomon Island signed a framework agreement on security cooperation with China. This is big news in the geostrategic circles. However, it seems the world is still obsessing over Ukraine and Russia and this unnecessary preoccupation is now costing America and its Southern Hemisphere […]

Is ASEAN becoming a lackey of China?
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Is ASEAN becoming a lackey of China?

In view of what’s happening in the South China Sea, Myanmar, Taiwan,  Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics over Human Rights abuses and ASEAN’s silence on China’s role in these Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 has turned into a political mess of global powers. The U.S. is leading an international diplomatic boycott as a sign of protest against […]

Myanmar: General Hlaing to attend ASEAN summit
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Myanmar: General Hlaing to attend ASEAN summit

On 17 April, Thailand announced that Myanmar’s military ruler will be attending the ASEAN summit scheduled for 24 April. This would be General Min Aung Hlaing’s first known foreign visit after the coup. On the same day, the military government released 23,184 prisoners to mark the traditional New Year. However, on the other hand, the […]

Declassification of US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific – Should India cheer or be Circumspect?
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Declassification of US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific – Should India cheer or be Circumspect?

The White House has declassified the United States Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific, a document which has provided strategic guidance for implementing the 2017 National Security Strategy in the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.
The US states that the most consequential challenge to the interests of the United States, and those of our allies and partners, is the growing rivalry between free and repressive visions of the future.
The framework recognises that Beijing is increasingly pressuring Indo-Pacific nations to subordinate their freedom and sovereignty to a “common destiny” envisioned by the Chinese Communist Party.
The Framework calls to enhance U.S. engagement in the region while also educating governments, businesses, universities, Chinese overseas students, news media, and general citizens about China’s coercive behavior and influence operations around the globe.
The US says that the Framework seeks to strengthen the US’ wide and diverse network of allies and partners, which has long underwritten stability and peace in the Indo-Pacific.
The Framework states that “A strong India, in cooperation with like-minded countries, would act as a counterbalance to China” as it maintains the capacity to counter border provocations by China, it states.
However, the US framework grants itself the leadership role given its “history of fighting back against repressive regimes”. The Framework clearly works on the principles of how the US can maintain its strategic primacy in the Indo-Pacific region, albeit in the name of countering China.
It is for India to decide if it will just tag along with the US as a pawn in its game or emerge stronger in the region as a global player with its own strategic framework in which other democratic countries find a place.
India has to deepen its ties with the ASEAN and Pacific countries on its own strengths and in mutual interests. India has the advantage of its centuries old cultural ties with many of these countries. Strengthening of the IORA will be a step in this direction.
The world has seen what the US has done and can do to countries where it has intervened on the pretext of ‘restoring democracy’! The Indo-Pacific countries will decide what’s best for them and work out relations and solve issues on their own terms.

Why didn’t India sign the RCEP agreement?
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Why didn’t India sign the RCEP agreement?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “The present form of the RCEP Agreement does not fully reflect the basic spirit and the agreed guiding principles of RCEP. It also does not address satisfactorily India’s outstanding issues and concerns. In such a situation, it is not possible for India to join the RCEP agreement.”