At present, the ASEAN is at a critical phase in its dealings with China – the regional hegemon with growing heft. Why do ASEAN nations need to collaborate and find innovative ways to deal with its giant neighbour.
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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.
Demography statistics indicate that in the coming decades, there’ll be a population surge in less developed countries, while developed nations will contribute most to the world’s GDP. This trend necessitates the urgency for implementing targeted policies in healthcare, education, etc. to address the imbalances.
Today, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey are regarded as powerful and experienced democracies. Therefore, the success of human rights and the establishment of a democratic order in the Arab countries depends on the coordinated efforts of these rising democracies with the established democracies of the West.
Subic Bay, the former U.S. naval port and air station in Philippines, is once again set to host U.S. ships, marines and aircraft; this time on a semi-permanent basis. What will this move do for the U.S. - Philippines alliance, and more significantly, what does this mean for the rest of South East Asia and China?
Taimi Online, a Tonga based news website republished Gateway House's Tevita Motulalo's piece on the strategic importance of the Pacific Islands. He argues that having control over large resource-rich ocean areas have made these small island-states increasingly geostrategic.
Traditionally, the South Pacific islands have been considered strategically insignificant. However, the need for resources, and the geopolitical shift towards Asia-Pacific have prompted nations to realize that these small island states control large resource-rich ocean areas and are increasingly geostrategic.
Amit Baruah is the South Asia Studies Fellow at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. He is an award winning journalist who has lived and reported from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Singapore. He is the author of Dateline Read more
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