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Mongolia’s natural ties with the Asian countries make economic integration with them a natural extension of its globalist diplomacy. However, with the current geo-political changes Mongolia will have to be adept in negotiating between its big neighbours and be wary of Russia’s new cosiness towards China
As part of its Look East policy, India has steadily been boosting military ties throughout East Asia. New Delhi’s military diplomacy is likely to play an increasingly important role in the country’s outreach in East and Southeast Asia over the next decade.
Growing tensions in East Asia have compelled Philippines to extend its bilateral ties with regional powers like Japan and Australia to strategic levels.This is being widely perceived as an attempt to keep the risk of military confrontation with China to a bare minimum.
During his visit to Japan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke of the need to increase bilateral consultations on strategic issues. This, and other moves, indicate new developments in India’s Look East Policy, with alternative security and economic scenarios for regional actors in the context of the rise of China
Although India’s trade growth with Southeast Asia over the last decade was a healthy 20% per year, it constitutes only 3% of the total Southeast Asian trade. Why is it imperative for New Delhi to work quickly and astutely to ‘Look East,’ a policy it implemented in 1991, but that which has moved at a snail’s pace.
India and Japan have the fastest growing bilateral relationship in Asia. However, their militaries must further coordinate for both their mutual security and stability in the Indian Ocean.
Multi-ethnic, multilingual and multi-religious Myanmar can only achieve genuine national unity and reconciliation by embracing its diversity. The international community must not make resolving domestic grievances a prerequisite for improving bilateral relations or lifting sanctions.
The author identifies reasons that have contributed to the growth of Africa's economy, and also outlines some factors that may impede its growth in the future.