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The Asean summits on September 6-7 followed by the India-Asean Summit and East Asia Summit on September 8 in Vientiane provided the platform for India’s high-profile role in the region.  
 
India has always considered Vietnam as a vital link in its Look East or Act East policy. Relations between the two, buttressed by strong historical connections, have expanded quite impressively  in recent years.  
 

It is known that historically, Indian Ocean was a ‘highway’ linking great multitudes across vast geographies. As the Indian connectivity vision and capabilities expand, this critical role can actually be played by this vast ocean again. Read full speech inside:

 

It is known that historically, Indian Ocean was a ‘highway’ linking great multitudes across vast geographies. As the Indian connectivity vision and capabilities expand, this critical role can actually be played by this vast ocean again. Read full speech inside:

 

Decades after his death, Nehru’s words echo in the South China Sea: As a rising China flexes its muscles, building and buffering reefs and rocks in its self-proclaimed maritime oceanic backyard—South China Sea—claiming the area covered by an ambiguous U-shaped ‘nine-dash line’ invoking what it calls ‘historic rights’.

 

Singapore’s former president S.R. Nathan (SRN), who passed away on August 22, was among the principal architects of the city-state along with the legendary Lee Kuan Yew. Among the less-known of his contributions (some of them bordering on the extraordinary) was building India-Singapore ties — and by extension, the Indo-ASEAN relationship that was at the core of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao’s “look east policy”.

 
It is known that historically, Indian Ocean was a ‘highway’ linking great multitudes across vast geographies. As the Indian connectivity vision and capabilities expand, this critical role can actually be played by this vast ocean again. Read full speech inside:
 

Prime Minister Modi’s scheduled visit to Vietnam on September 2 is a good time to touch base with the new leadership in Hanoi. It is also expected that this visit will take the relationship between the two countries to a different level that involves defence, economy, security.

 

Rodrigo Duterte, the new President of the Philippines, gives good copy. Here's a quote from his final election rally: “Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I'd kill you. I'll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.”

 
 
Even as the 10-member grouping continues to chip away at breaking barriers and bridging borders, the fanfare to which the ASEAN economic community (AEC) was implemented at the end of 2015 may have fizzled. At this eight-month juncture, it is important that they keep momentum to generate greater benefits for the region’s businesses.  
 


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