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India and ASEAN: The 'masala bumbu' effect

  • Gurjit Singh
    Gurjit Singh

    Former ambassador of India to Indonesia and ASEAN

New Delhi   /   Wed, January 31, 2018   /  01:11 pm
India and ASEAN: The 'masala bumbu' effect A quiet place: The interior of the Taj-ul-Masajid grand mosque in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. (JP/Sebastian Partogi)

India and ASEAN got together to mark their 25th anniversary along with ASEAN’s 50th when the ASEAN leaders honored New Delhi with their collective presence. The India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit on Jan. 2425 was also the 15th anniversary of the Dialogue Partnership and the 5th of the Strategic Partnership which was launched at the 20th Commemoration in 2012. It was significant that for the very first time all 10 ASEAN leaders were guests of honor at the Republic Day parade on Jan. 26. Never before did the event have more than two leaders attend in a single year. This picture of good neighborliness and common posture was not lost on the world. Since ASEAN dialogue partnerships with most partners started around the same time, many countries have such summits. Except for a few, others have opted for functional meetings around the annual summits, such as the East Asia Summit (EAS)...

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