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The India-Singapore Strategic Partnership was signed last November between the two nations. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategy of cooperative federalism means that one of the vehicles of this strategic partnership is the states. 

 

India is one of Singapore’s oldest and closest friends. Last year, as Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence, we also toasted the 50 years of diplomatic relations with India.

 

In a significant visit, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has embarked on a five-day tour of India to bolster bilateral ties. There’s no denying the fact that Singapore is an important contact country for India. The former’s position within the Asean grouping means New Delhi has a valuable partner in Southeast Asia that can help facilitate its interests in that part of the world. This is especially important in the context of India’s Act East policy of boosting commercial and strategic connections with East and Southeast Asia.

 

A conference organised in Singapore on the challenges and opportunities for countries in the Indian Ocean Region, underlined the crucial role of IOR players globally in economic, cultural and political spheres.

 

Global community needs to look for regional options as UN sanctions have failed. However, China must be taken into confidence before any serious step is taken against Kim, otherwise the dictator may trigger a regional war.

 
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’.

 


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