This regional grouping of 10 nations, which observes its golden jubilee year in 2017, has come a long way from the Cold War era when it was founded, making a significant contribution to peace, security and prosperity. Now, its future prospects and “centrality” look uncertain amidst the region’s changing geopolitics
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The year 2017 may change some equations in the East Asian region. Will the near parity that the U.S. and China currently share turn into a keener contest? Will strained relations between India and China persist? Donald Trump’s election as the next U.S. president casts the spotlight squarely on these inter-state relationships
At a time when New Delhi is beginning to not just ‘Look East’ but also ‘Act East’, and when parallel integrative processes are underway globally, including the ASEAN-led process, the incipient China-led process and the U.S.-led TTP, India and ASEAN could together produce a brilliant new era of Asian integration
The delay in the integration of freer skilled labor mobility in AEC only reaffirms the understanding that the establishment of an economic community is a gradual process. Necessary regional policies, strategies, and concrete actions must be undertaken by ASEAN to resolve current challenges in managing the freer movement of skilled labor.
Simplifying rules of origin could offer some gains to ASEAN economies by creating jobs across multiple industries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the 12th India-Asean Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement in services and trade will allow India to leverage its competitive offerings in IT, finance, among other fields. But the pact has proved elusive so far due to the open squabbling between ministries. The deal now looks set to come through only after the new government takes over
Presently, the governments of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam are struggling to decide whether the Mekong River, which feeds 60 million people in these nations, and is second only to the Amazon in diversity, should become a source of hydro-power or not. Is this the beginning of a Mekong water conflict?
New Delhi has actively worked with Beijing to address its massive bilateral trade deficit. However, it has another option. India can seek greater economic integration with ASEAN and substitute its imports from China with that of ASEAN. The India-ASEAN Summit on December 20 would be a good place to start.
The proposed revival of Nalanda University, an ancient Indian centre of learning, could infuse India’s Look East Policy with some much needed dynamism