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7 June 2018

Modi acts East, pivots to Indonesia

Prime Minister Modi’s visits to South East Asia last week were major steps in furthering the goals of India’s Act East Policy even as major power rivalries unfolded in the region. Most significant was the visit to Indonesia, a low key Asian power but one that India can partner to enhance its regional stature.

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31 May 2018

The intensifying backlash against BRI

The high cost and political impact of Chinese-funded infrastructure in countries like Myanmar, Malaysia and Sri Lanka make it imperative for India to work with Japan to provide alternatives, to ensure that the region is neither bankrupted nor militarised by Chinese influence.

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24 May 2018

Mahathir’s Malaysian manoeuvres

Malaysia is in the eye of a different power game today. Fifteen years ago when Mahathir’s last tenure as prime minister ended, the United States loomed over the Asia-Pacific and Malaysia. Today it is an unlikely leader and Mahathir inherits a China-dominated Indo-Pacific and vexed internal politics. What changes in foreign policy will this entail?

MANILA, Nov. 14, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Participants pose for group photos during the 15th ASEAN-India Summit in Manila, the Philippines, Nov. 14, 2017. The 15th ASEAN-India Summit was held here on Tuesday. (Xinhua/IANS) Courtesy:
24 January 2018

Cementing 25 years of India-ASEAN relations

Prime Minister Modi's Act East policy is taking visible shape as leaders of the 10 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) take their place as chief guests at India's 2018 Republic Day celebrations. This is unprecedented as New Delhi’s January 26 celebration has never had this large a number of chief guests. The year 2017 marked 50 years of ASEAN’s creation, and also 25 years of India-ASEAN relations.

MANILA, Nov. 14, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Participants pose for group photos during the 15th ASEAN-India Summit in Manila, the Philippines, Nov. 14, 2017. The 15th ASEAN-India Summit was held here on Tuesday. (Xinhua/IANS) Courtesy: MEA/ Flickr
18 January 2018

India-ASEAN: salute to a commemorative summit

This is a partnership that has been based on mutuality, economic cooperation and undisputed political closeness ever since ASEAN’s inception. Now, the path into the future has to be different: creating a new security architecture and determining ASEAN’s role in the Quad are overarching questions that cannot be wished away