The push for further regional cooperation comes after insurgents aligned to Islamic State laid siege to the southern Philippine city of Marawi last year.
We need a foreign policy approach that thinks beyond event management.
Delhi’s RCEP Talks on Intellectual Property Shouldn’t Forget India’s Role as ‘Pharmacy of the World’
India must resist pressure and make sure the deal doesn’t limit the production of life-saving generic drugs here or abroad.
Maya Mirchandani interviews former foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon about India-China relations, ASEAN, Indian foreign policy and the role of diplomats.
What does this New India wooed by Modi, and his new friends in the East alike, mean for the Indian at home?
Connectivity, institutional linkages and free movement of labour – these are all areas India has struggled with over the last decade.
In the ‘Delhi Declaration’, the 11 leaders confirmed the importance of maintaining peace and stability, maritime safety, freedom of navigation and overflight, and other lawful uses of the seas in the region.
The Wire spoke to experts about the India’s profile in the regional group, the future of ASEAN centrality, the impact of India’s economic protectionism and implications of the Indo-Pacific concept.
While the number of linkages has increased, there is still a lot to learn about each other before India and ASEAN can optimise this partnership.
It’s In No One’s Interest to See Southeast Asia Become a Ground for Proxy Tensions: Indonesian Envoy
In an interview ahead of the India-ASEAN Commemorative summit, Indonesian envoy Suryodipuro talks about ASEAN unity and the role of outside powers in the region.
Maya Mirchandani interviews former Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani about what ASEAN means for India and South East Asia.
‘The ASEAN Miracle’: An Optimistic Assessment of ASEAN’s Contribution to Regional Peace and Prosperity
The success of ASEAN as the world’s most important regional organisation after the European Union is reiterated several times in the book.
More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
The prime minister also backed a rules-based regional security architecture in the Indo-Pacific region, sending a subtle message to China against its military assertiveness in the area.
The draft did not give any details of the situation in northern Rakhine state or use the term Rohingya for the persecuted Muslim minority, which Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked foreign leaders not to use.
The statement will be issued after a meeting later between China and the 10-member ASEAN.
Like it or not, the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ seems to be a means of including India in the military calculations of US strategy in the Pacific.
The last meeting of officials of the four countries took place in May 2007 in the Filipino capital on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum.
Trump was speaking in Vietnam, which has become the most vocal opponent of China’s claims and its construction and militarisation of artificial islands in the sea.
This is the strongest threat of action from representatives of any Western donors since the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha in September.
The announcement follows the end of the 154-day battle for Marawi city which stunned Philippine’s military inexperienced in urban combat.
The threat from North Korea has grown to a “critical and imminent level” and the US, Japan and South Korea must address the matter, said the Japanese defence minister.
Thai foreign ministry said its statement was in response to views raised by some human rights groups regarding Thailand’s position on the unrest in Rakhine.
Nguyen Phu Trong said in a speech televised at home on Wednesday that ASEAN needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes.
Vietnam wins promised support from a US aircraft carrier and greater defence cooperation as tension intensifies with China over the disputed South China Sea.
Foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended an impasse over how to resolve South China Sea disputes, calling for militarisation and island-building to be avoided.
With the RCEP asking for stronger protection for its investors, India is reviewing and trying to replace its investment treaties with a new model.
Worried about the impact of the trade negotiations, a consortium of civil groups called the People’s Resistance Forum has asked for the talks to be called off.
The TPP should still bring enough benefits for the remaining countries to make it worthwhile to go through the trouble of enacting it.
All ASEAN members have diplomatic relations with North Korea and five have embassies there.
Malaysian PM Razak Najib warned that South East Asian countries needed to ensure more inclusive growth or risk fuelling extremism amongst the marginalised.
An earlier declaration which limits activity in the South China Sea was not stuck to by China, which has built seven islands in the Spratly archipelago.
A slew of initiatives announced recently aim to revitalise the river as a trade and travel network, but there is a long way to go.
Concerns remain over the impact of RCEP negotiations on public health and access to medicines.
Malaysia’s intervention in the Rakhine crisis marks a break with ASEAN members’ tradition of non-intervention in each other’s internal affairs.
The preliminary conclusion raises questions over whether the commission will deliver an independent verdict in its full report.
It is important to support and maintain the capital that we have as a champion of the developing world, India’s foreign secretary said.
The End of History and The Clash of Civilizations were maps, meant to explain the world. They emphasised the inevitable progress of liberal democracy and the irreducible nature of hostilities based on “civilisations”, aspects that events have shown are less important than political movements, nation-building projects and institutional alliances.
The Sinosphere will be no different to Pax Americana and China’s rise should not prompt India to choose sides in a global contest.
Suu Kyi may be treading carefully over the Rohingya issue for fear of alienating the Buddhist factions in her country, but it is time for her to earn her Nobel Peace Prize and save her vision for Myanmar’s future.