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China, the push factor for ASEAN-India relations?

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 26, 2018   /  08:55 am
China, the push factor for ASEAN-India relations? Stronger ties — President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) attends the 14th ASEAN-India Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on Sep, 2016. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/Laily Rachev)

Today, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, together with the other nine leaders of ASEAN, will attend India’s Republic Day ceremony in New Delhi. This historic moment — which will also see India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi host a special ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in conjunction with 25 years of dialogue partnership — comes at an opportune time. For one thing, New Delhi is looking to capitalize on its “Act East” policy, while ASEAN capitals, especially Jakarta, start to place more prominence on the “Indo-Pacific” as a regional concept. There is no doubt that in the coming days we will hear much about the importance that both ASEAN and India place on their relationship. Prime Minister Modi will likely build on the commitments of his predecessors, who first laid the foundation for the “Look East” policy in th...

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