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Jakarta Post

With China in mind, India-ASEAN must come closer

  • Vishal Bhargava
    Vishal Bhargava

    Assistant vice president, business strategy at Cogencis Information Services, Ltd.

Mumbai   /   Wed, January 24, 2018   /  02:55 pm
With China in mind, India-ASEAN must come closer A woman sits on the floor and looking at Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Shutterstock/File)

It is said that global and regional summits, on most occasions, are high on optics and low on results. The desire to expect tangible results through interactions between the powerful of the globe is tempting, but all the evidence suggests that ambitions in most cases get derailed during the stage of protracted negotiation among senior officials of nations. With that in mind, it is wise to keep expectations moderated when the leaders of the 10 ASEAN arrive in India to mark the 25th anniversary of the India- ASEAN partnership. Yet this marks an important moment for India to display greater heft in a region saddled by tensions over the last three years. ASEAN is a worthy sphere to penetrate given its geopolitical importance and gross domestic product (GDP) of US$2.7 trillion — although most of it is dominated by Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia. India’s...

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