History in the making: 10 ASEAN leaders who will attend India’s Republic Day celebrations this year

These leaders will also take part in the two-day ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in the national capital beginning Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with other world leaders in a group photograph, at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit, in Manila, Philippines on November 14, 2017. (File)

In a first, leaders of 10 countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states will be present as chief guests during the Republic Day celebrations this year. The leaders participating in the Republic Day parade are President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, General Prayuth Chan-o-cha of Thailand, Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, the Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah,  Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos and Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia.

These leaders will also take part in the two-day ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in the national capital beginning Thursday. The event will mark 25 years of India’s ties with the southeast Asian bloc.

Here’s a look at all the 10 heads of the state

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, Thailand

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha participates(file photo)

Prayut Chan-o-cha is a retired Royal Thai Army officer who is the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), a military junta, and concurrently serves as the Prime Minister of Thailand. The council, which he appointed himself along with other junta members, has the power to name the prime minister and control prime ministerial position.

Prayut is a former Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army, the post he held from October 2010 to October 2014. After his appointment as army chief, Prayut was characterised as a strong royalist and an opponent of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

He last visited India in June 2016. PM Modi travelled to Thailand in November 2016.

Both countries had a trade relation worth $ 7.72 billion in 2016.

Hun Sen, Prime Minister, Cambodia

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (Reuters photo)

Hun Sen has been the prime minister of Cambodia since 1985, making him the world’s longest-serving prime minister, the longest serving head of government of Cambodia, and one of the longest serving leaders in the world. He is known for Cambodia’s post Khmer Rouge economic turnaround, but criticised for human rights record.

Hun Sen will lead a delegation that will meet key Indian leaders to discuss bilateral ties and strengthen the relationship between the two countries during his bilateral state visit on January 27. His last visit to India came in 2012.

India share strong cultural ties with Combodia. In 2016, both the countries had a trade relation worth $ 153.13 million. India is helping in the renovation of the Angkor Wat temple.

Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister, Lao PDR

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith (AP Photo)

Thongloun Sisoulith has been the prime minister of Lao PDR since 2016. Previously, Sisoulith was Deputy Prime Minister from 2001 to 2016, as well as minister of foreign affairs from 2006 to 2016. He is a politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.

Sisoulith met PM Modi in 2016 when Lao PDR hosted the ASEAN and East Asia Summits.

India had a trade relation worth $ 233.10 million in 2016-17. India holds regular defence training programmes; has extended line of credit for power projects.

Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Myanmar

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (Reuters photo)

Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of the National League for Democracy and the first and incumbent State Counsellor, a position akin to a Prime Minister in Myanmar. She is also the first woman to serve as Minister for foreign affairs,  for the President’s Office, for Electric Power and Energy, and for Education in the country. From 2012 to 2016, she was an MP for Kawhmu Township to the House of Representatives.

Suu Kyi holds a special relationship with India. She last visited India in October 2016 before PM Modi’s visit to Myanmar in September 2017. India has been treading cautiously on global criticism for her silence on Rohingya crisis.

India’s trade relation with Myanmar in 2016-17 was worth $ 2.17 billion.

Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (AP Photo)

Lee Hsien Loong is serving as the prime minister of Singapore since 2004. He took over the leadership of the People’s Action Party (PAP) when former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong stepped down from the position to become the new senior minister. Lee then led his party to victory in the 2006, 2011 and 2015 general elections. He began his current term on 15 January 2016 following the opening of Singapore’s 13th Parliament. Lee is the eldest son of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

He is the current chair of ASEAN. He last visited India in 2017. It is very likely that PM Modi will travel twice to Singapore in 2018.

India share a strong relationship with Singapore as it is the second largest trading partner in ASEAN. The trade relation between the two countries was worth $ 16.7 billion in 2016-17.

 

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister, Vietnam

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Nguyen Xuan Phuc (AP photo)

Nguyen Xuan Phuc is the seventh prime minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He is the sixth ranked member of the 12th Politburo. As a tradition in Vietnamese politics, Phúc is also a full member of the National Assembly, serving at its 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th terms. He was elected to the post of the National Assembly, nominated on April 8, 2016 by his predecessor, Nguyen Tan Dung, retired from his office. Phuc became a member of the Communist Party in Vietnam on November 12, 1983.

This is Phuc’s first visit to India as prime minister. PM Modi last went to Vietnam in 2016.

Vietnam has stood up to Chinese assertion in the region and is a key ally of India. The trade relations between the two countries during April-November of fiscal year 2016-17 was $ 6.24 billion. India is one of Vietnam’s top 10 trading partners.

 

 

Haji Hassanal, Sultan of Brunei

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Hassanal Bolkiah with former Vice President Hamid Ansair (file photo)

Hassanal Bolkiah, GCB GCMG (full name: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam) is the 29th and current Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei. The eldest son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Raja Isteri (Queen) Pengiran Anak Damit, he succeeded to the throne as the Sultan of Brunei, following the abdication of his father on October 5, 1967.

He is among the richest persons in the world and has been the King since 1967. He last visited India in May 2008.

India shared a bilateral trade worth $ 495.54 million in 2016.

Joko Widodo, President, Indonesia

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Indonesian President Joko Widodo (File Photo)

Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, is the seventh President of Indonesia and has been in office since 2014. Previously, he served as the Mayor of Surakarta from 2005 to 2012 and Governor of Jakarta from 2012 to 2014. He is the first Indonesian president without a high-ranking political or military background.

He last visited India in December 2016. It is likely that PM Modi will travel to Indonesia this year.

Indonesia is the largest trading partner of India in ASEAN. Both countries had a trade of worth $ 17 billion in 2016-17. India is the second largest buyer of coal and crude palm oil from Indonesia.

Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister, Malaysia

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia December 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak is the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He succeeded Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who did not seek re-election as Umno President. He is the President of the United Malays National Organisation, the leading party in Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.Najib is the eldest son of Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, and the nephew of Hussein Onn, Malaysia’s third Prime Minister.

He last visited India in March-April 2017. PM Modi last paid a visit to Malaysia in November 2015 for bilateral, ASEAN and East Asia Summits.

Both countries had a bilateral trade worth $ 11.72 billion in 2016.

Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President, Philippines

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (File)

Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte, also known as Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician who is the 16th President of the Philippines. He is the first Mindanaoan to hold the office. At 71 years, Duterte is the oldest person to assume the Philippine presidency; the record was previously held by Sergio Osmena at the age of 65.

Duterte became Davao City mayor in 1988 and was re-elected six times after forging a reputation for being tough on crime. He earned a decisive victory in his country’s 2016 presidential election, but soon drew criticism for his support of extrajudicial killings and threats to cut diplomatic ties with the US.

He is known for his controversial remarks and style. PM Modi met him in Manila in November 2017 at ASEAN and East Asia Summits. He is visiting India for first time.

Both the countries had a bilateral trade worth $ 1.98 billion in 2016-17.

 

 

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/history-in-making-10-leaders-who-will-be-there-at-indias-republic-day-celebrations-5038387/

 

 

 

India-Asean ties: An incremental relationship that’s set to move ahead

As seen in history, India-Asean ties will be influenced by the wider world, and it will be test the strength of this relationship. The China factor must be seen in this context

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pose for a photo during the 15th Asean-India Summit, on the sideline of the 31st Asean Summit, Manila, November 14, 2017(AFP)

The India-Asean summit centres on the presence of 10 heads of state and government at the Republic Day Parade. This is an optically powerful statement of how much India’s relations with South East Asia have progressed since a Look East Policy was first articulated by Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao in 1992 in Singapore.

Five years ago, in December 2012, all the Asean heads were also in Delhi to observe the 20th anniversary of the partnership. Then, too, as now, debate and discussion on the half empty or the half full part of the India-Asean glass took place. Nevertheless, the larger point is certainly that this has been from the very beginning an incremental relationship and possibly will continue to be so.

Within the Asean framework, incremental growth is also seen as a virtue in itself: India became a sectoral partner of the Asean in 1992, a dialogue partner in 1996 and a summit level partner in 2002. In 2012, the New Delhi summit declared the relationship elevated to a ‘strategic partnership’. The vision statement that had emerged then had outlined its different dimensions: political and security related; economic and trade related; and, finally, those relating to connectivity and cultural lineages. In November 2014, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally enunciated the Act East Policy.

As one contemplates a quarter century of intense interaction, it is also useful to look further back on how the journey started.

It is well known that the end of the Cold War, the break-up of the Soviet Union and the opening up of the Indian economy were among the cluster of changes in which Look East was then embedded. Asean itself was also affected by the wider changes taking place at the time. The final settlement of the Kampuchea or Cambodian issue paved the way for Vietnam’s subsequent entry into Asean. It is useful to recall how divisive these issues were through the 1980s and how much this had influenced India’s relations at the time with the then constituent members of Asean. Much as the Cold War kept South East Asia divided and stopped Asean from moving ahead on key areas of cooperation. It similarly was a barrier in a smooth interface developing with India.

The central takeaway from reading that history is that the wider world will inevitably intrude on India-Asean ties in the future also and the key would be to make the relationship meaty and meaningful enough to withstand these vicissitudes. The China factor on which reams are written has to be seen in this context as the quality of the relationship China has with each Asean nation varies almost as much as does India’s.

Outside of the political and economic, there is a whole world of shared heritage and culture. The commemorative events for the summit include a good representation of this universe — dance, music, the heritage of the Ramayana, archaeology, among others. It is useful to acknowledge also how much scholarship in India and elsewhere has contributed to keeping alive these memories.

The study of the India-South East Asian interface from the early 20th century was very much of a transnational exercise and numerous scholars and institutions in India and elsewhere made it as such. French scholar Sylvain Levi contributed greatly to inspiring the study of ancient India and its links with South East Asia.

Kalidas Nag, Baij Nath Puri, Devaprasad Ghosh, Suniti Kumar Chatterji, RC Majumdar, KA Nilakanta Sastri are among many others who did so much to gather and further knowledge of how Indians and the people of South East Asia interacted across the millennia. These scholars and intellectuals gave to scholarship in India about South East Asia both an international profile and reputation as also a universalistic impulse. This led, for instance, to the publication of the classic study Sanskrit in Indonesia by Dutch scholar J Gonda in Nagpur in 1952.

It is useful to recall this intellectual heritage also because much of this scholarship was carried out when India was as still a colony and it required an intellectual leap of faith to establish an older relationship of art, culture and literature with South East Asia.

The renewed focus on India and Asean will hopefully also help to strengthen and consolidate this rich tradition of scholarship in India and elsewhere as the relationship progresses and matures in other fields.

TCA Raghavan is former Indian high commissioner to Singapore and Pakistan

The views expressed are personal

Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/india-asean-ties-an-incremental-relationship-that-s-set-to-move-ahead/story-cDDFznqnIHaPDYjYd0vCsO.html

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Marking 25 years of ASEAN-India Partnership

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2017 marked the Silver Jubilee of the ASEAN-India partnership. This long standing  journey was filled with many exciting milestones. India became a full ASEAN dialogue partner in 1996 and in 2012, the two sides marked two decades of partnership. Both India and ASEAN recognize the potential of mutually beneficial policies and are working towards strengthening the bonds that both parties have forged together.

The celebration of 25 years of India-ASEAN partnership promises to establish new milestones in the development journeys of the two sides. India has invited all the ASEAN Heads of State/Government to its National Republic Day, a first for it, and all ten countries have confirmed participation. A high-profile ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet & Expo is being alongside, which has been described by Hon. Prime Minister as the largest ever such show in India with ASEAN.

The booming economic relations between ASEAN and India are rooted in ancient connectivities and shared civilisational space extending over centuries and influencing both sides positively.

India’s Look East Policy of 1992 transformed into the Act East Policy of 2014 as enunciated by Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Act East Policy has seen the Government of India redoubling its efforts to forge closer economic ties with ASEAN nations. Under this forward-thinking initiative, the Government of India has announced plans to revamp connectivity in the North-East states of India as it is considered a ‘gateway’ to ASEAN nations, along with negotiating a series of treaties designed to strengthen ASEAN-India trade ties.

Both ASEAN and India have benefited from close economic ties and recognize the potential for future growth and prosperity. ASEAN-India bilateral trade currently stands at more than US$70 billion. ASEAN and India are working towards reaching US$200 billion in bilateral trade by the year 2022, building on each other’s expertise and trade capabilities. The two sides enjoy a combined GDP of US$3.8 trillion, marking a large consumer market that can benefit both of them.

ASEAN-India trade ties have grown exponentially over the last couple of years. Bilateral trade has increased more than threefold from US$21 billion in 2005-06 to over US$70 billion in 2016-17. Thanks to the ASEAN India Free Trade Agreement (AIFTA), there has been an elimination of tariffs for multiple products, paving the way for future growth. In addition, the two sides have signed an agreement for trade in services and investments which will take their economic engagement to a new level.

ASEAN is India’s 4th largest trading partner, accounting for 10.2 per cent of India’s total trade in 2016-2017. India’s exports to ASEAN increased by more than 20 per cent during the same time. Investment flows too remain robust both ways, with ASEAN accounting for approximately 12.5 per cent of investment flows into India since 2000.

CII and the ASEAN Region

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has worked closely with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to organize key trade and business summits for strengthening the bond between ASEAN and India. The summits are designed as international platforms for India and ASEAN nations to explore new and existing avenues of cooperation.

CII’s efforts are directed towards bringing together Indian and ASEAN businesses together for fruitful dialogue and partnerships, in the backdrop of trade fairs, seminars, overseas missions, and conferences. As far back as 2004, CII had organised the first ever ASEAN-India Car Rally, which was once again replicated in 2012. These demonstrated the land connectivity between the two sides.

The first ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit, themed “Powering Digital and Physical Linkages” from 11-12 December 2017 in New Delhi, was hosted by CII in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the ASEAN-India Centre (AIC). The event saw Indian and ASEAN ministerial representatives giving keynotes and engaging in fruitful dialogue. The summit also featured exclusive B2B and B2G meetings that allowed delegates to explore new avenues of business.

The ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet & Expo 2018

CII is organizing the ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet & Expo 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The summit is being organized in the backdrop of the 31st ASEAN Leaders Commemorative Summit in New Delhi which will host ASEAN countries’ – Heads of State, Senior Government Officials and Industry leaders.

The ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet & Expo will also feature an exclusive exhibition by Indian companies showcasing their key products.

The Summit presents an exclusive chance for delegates to exchange views with policy makers, industry captains, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Delegates participating in the summit will also get an opportunity to enhance regional connects through convergence of new business ideas, unveiling of ‘ready-to-invest’ projects and new avenues for fundraising.

Do join us as we kickstart a new era in ASEAN-India economic ties!

Remarks by Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh (Retd.), Minister of State for External Affairs at the 7th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Manila, Philippines (August 07, 2017)

 

August 09, 2017

Excellencies,

  • At the outset, on behalf of the Indian delegation and on my own personal behalf, I convey my sincere thanks to His Excellency, Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano, for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to us and the excellent arrangements made for our stay as well as our meeting today.
  • From the Indian perspective, ASEAN occupies a central place in the security architecture of the Asia-Pacific region. It is our view that ASEAN, placed at the cultural, commercial and physical cross-roads of the region, has a unique ability to reflect and harmonize larger interests of the world beyond it. ASEAN has celebrated this ability by playing a critical role in conceptualizing and implementing the East Asia Summit process.
  • We are appreciative of Philippines, as Chair, ensuring that EAS remains a Leaders-led forum for dialogue on broad strategic and political issues of common interest and concern. The proposal to empower our Ambassadors in Jakarta to continue the ongoing discussion on Regional Security Architecture in addition to discussing implementation of Leaders’ decisions on issues of regional and international import, shall contribute to making the East Asia Summit process more pro-active and relevant. The regular engagement among our Ambassadors in Jakarta, who have met three times since the last summit held in September 2016 is a welcome development in this regard.Excellencies,
  • We are celebrating the golden jubilee of establishment of the ASEAN at a time when the Asia Pacific region is aglow with the warm glow of shared progress and sustainable development. This however, is offset with geo-political ambitions manifesting itself in unilateral attempts at determination and appropriation of global commons.
  • Shared prosperity demands co-operation. Secure and open sea lanes are critical for peace, stability, prosperity and development. In this context, India reiterates the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight on the high seas, unimpeded lawful commerce, as well as resolving maritime disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law notably the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
  • Making Maritime cooperation a priority and central to our discourse will contribute to fostering, among us, a sense of creation of a maritime community, with common interests and purpose and to empower us to respond effectively to the shared maritime challenges of the region. Carrying the process forward, we would be hosting the third EAS Conference on Maritime Safety and Security later this year.Excellencies,
  • We are of firm belief that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognized international norms, good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency and equality. We share the international communities desire for enhancing physical as well as softer forms of connectivity and believes in transparent development of infrastructure and the use of responsible debt financing practices while underlining respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.Excellencies,
  • In an era when networking amongst terrorists is reaching critical mass, a cohesive response which should include blocking of terror financing, countering the use of ICTs for terrorism purpose as well as countering the spread of violent extremism and radicalization is the need of the hour.
  • We should work together to ensure adherence to and implementation of United Nation Security Council Resolutions on Countering Terrorism, in particular resolutions no. 1267 and 2354, in letter as well as in spirit.
  • On a similar note, DPRK’s continued pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and its proliferation links, in violation of global concerns enshrined in the United Nation Security council resolution 2356 pose a grave threat to international peace and stability. India calls upon DPRK to refrain from such actions that undermine international peace and stability. We also urge the international community to work together to hold accountable all those parties that have supported these programmes.

Thank you

ASEAN-India Expo and Forum

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-India relations, Thailand is delighted to host a far-reaching ASEAN-India Expo and Forum from 2-5 August 2017 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok that will offer exciting business, trade, investment and tourism opportunities.

ASEAN-India Expo and Forum will strengthen the strategic partnership between the 10 ASEAN nations and India, multiply trade and investment, strengthen tourism connectivity, and attract business and investment from outside the region. With vigorous connectivity, the world will be amazed at the power of the “ASEAN-India” economy, a dynamic destination with enormous potential for trade and investment.

Executives of leading companies, entrepreneurs and policy makers from ASEAN and India will be able to meet and conduct business, to find partners and opportunities, and to engage in cultural diplomacy.

Thai PM Seeks Closer Links with India

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says before his visit to India today that he would develop closer ties and build a new expressway boosting cooperation with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, making each country a gateway to its region. He said ‪#‎Thailand‬ will be a focal point in‪#‎ASEAN‬ while ‪#‎India‬ will do the same in its region, linking the bloc with its neighbors. ‪#‎INDIATHAIFRIENDSHIP‬ ‪#‎IndiaThai‬‪#‎IndiaThailandFriendship‬

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ASEAN+3 gathers in media, information conference

Senior officers from ASEAN member states have attended the information conference along with the three ASEAN partner nations, engaging in discussions on communication and media cooperation.

The meeting took place in Cebu, the Philippines, was the setting of a special session on 13th Conference of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information and Related Meeting including the Plus 3 countries, namely China, Japan, and South Korea.

The ASEAN plus 3 countries act as dialogue partners to the 10 ASEAN member countries. During the ASEAN Plus Three conference, nations made a statement to support the development of media and information within ASEAN, while national delegates discussed additional support measures.

ASEAN already has existing agreements with the Plus Three partners, namely the ASEAN-China Work Plan on Enhancing Cooperation through Media and Information 2015-2017, which includes the exchange of officials on media and information, and the promotion of film and television. A round-table meeting between producers in ASEAN and China is set to take place during September 2016, in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

After the conference, delegates of ASEAN and Japan discussed in a separate conference regarding mutual cooperation that would be beneficial to developing ASEAN’s information and media industries, such as the ASEAN-Japan Young TV producers Workshop, the Workshop on Facilitating authorized online Distribution, and other projects.PNSOC590316001009702

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Source: http://thainews.prd.go.th/website_en/news/news_detail/WNSOC5903160010069

Address by Vice President at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok- “India, Thailand and ASEAN: Contours of a Rejuvenated Relationship

I am delighted to be here at this prestigious University named after the illustrious King Chulalongkorn or Rama V, whose centenary will be celebrated next year. I felicitate the University on moving towards this milestone.

Our relationship is not of recent origin. Some in this audience may know that King Chulalongkorn, after whom this University is named, paid a Royal visit to India in 1872. In 1915, we were honoured to receive another Royal visit from Thailand by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), the founder of this University. We celebrated the centenary of that visit last year and, in particular, the enduring links then fostered between the Indian port city of Suratand Surat Thani in southern Thailand.

The establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community this year has been a historic event. This journey began in Bangkokin 1967. I am told that the Thai name of Bangkok, ‘ Krung Thep’ is an abbreviation for

“the city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous royal palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated God, a city given by Indra and built by Vihnukarn.”

To my mind, this is an apt illustration of the ancient links of civilization, culture and commerce that existed between Indiaand Thailand. These links give us shared perceptions of the evolving commercial and political environment in the region and the world at large.

My visit underscores the importance Indiaattaches to Thailandas part of our increasing engagement with the region. Despite the large size and rapid growth of our economies, the trade and investment between India and Thailand remains modest. There is a need to synergize our efforts in the areas of economy and business to enhance and diversify our trade. We need to encourage our private sectors to make investments in infrastructure and manufacturing sectors in the each others’ country and for this the two governments are willing to provide a predictable and comprehensive legal and taxation frame-work.

There is tremendous potential for enhancing our bilateral defence ties. Thailand has played host to ships of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard on several occasions in recent years. We hope to continue this cooperation through technical, human resource development, capacity building and contributing to the development of Thai capacities, both physical and human.

Since 1991, Indiahas pursued a ‘Look East’ policy. This emanated from a perception that our economic progress and well being is intimately linked to the growth and prosperity of the entire Asian continent, especially of our friends across the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. ASEAN was thus a natural partner for our engagement in the Asia Pacific region. It is a partnership based both on a shared heritage and a pragmatic appraisal of economic growth and prosperity; peace and stability.

Since the commencement of the dialogue relationship with ASEAN in 1992, the potential of this partnership has grown commensurate to the increase in our collective capacities, our growing economic integration and the ongoing evolution of the political and security architecture in South and East Asia. The up-gradation of the ASEAN-India relationship into a Strategic Partnership in 2012 was a natural progression in this relationship.

In recent months, we have enhanced our engagement in South-East Asia. This was reflected in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in 2014 at the India—ASEAN summit at Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar:

” India’s ‘Look East Policy’ has become ‘Act East Policy’. A rapidly developing India and ASEAN can be great partners for each other. We are both keen to enhance our cooperation in advancing balance, peace and stability in the region”.

Indiaplaces ASEAN at the core of the ‘Act East Policy’ and at the centre of our dream of an Asian century. There is a special emphasis on India-ASEAN cooperation in our domestic agenda on infrastructure, manufacturing, trade, skills, urban renewal, smart cities and Make in India programmes. Connectivity projects, cooperation in Science and Technology development and people-to-people exchanges are to be the springboard for regional integration and co-prosperity.

The Delhi Dialogue, the eighth edition of which will be held later this month; the ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Lecture Series and the ASEAN-India Centre in New Delhi are important components of our agenda to enhance mutual understanding. The ASEAN-India Plan of Action for the period 2016-20 was adopted in August 2015 which identifies concrete initiatives and areas of cooperation along the three ASEAN pillars – political-security, economic and socio-cultural. We have opened a separate Mission to ASEAN and EAS in Jakarta to further strengthen our engagement.

Today, India and ASEAN have 30 annual dialogue mechanisms including a Summitat Prime Ministerial level and seven sectoral dialogues at Ministerial level. We have established three funds to support our vast agenda with the ASEAN- the ASEAN-India Cooperation Fund, the ASEAN-India Science and Technology Fund, and the ASEAN-India Green Fund. Numerous projects are being implemented under these funds – ranging from establishing of a space station to fighting malaria to promoting agricultural research. The breadth and intensity of India’s engagement with South East Asia is unmatched by any of our other regional relationships. We have an intensive engagement across Governments as well as between experts, think tanks, private sectors, academia, diplomats, farmers, students and media.

This trident of Commerce, Culture and Connectivity defines the future focus areas of cooperation between ASEAN member Statesand India. Allow me to dwell on some aspects of it.

Culture: From Borobudur in Indonesia to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, our shared heritage finds an exuberant manifestation. The spread of Buddhism from India is attributed to Emperor Ashoka, who sent Buddhist emissaries to Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodiaand Vietnam. Indian mythology and folklore finds reflection here. The Thai epic, Ramakien is based on the Ramayana. The Ahoms, the Khamtis and the Khasis in people of India have links with Thai people. In modern times, many Indians emigrated to South East Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Their descendants today constitute a vibrant community of people of Indian origin, contributing actively to their respective countries of adoption.

In consideration of these links, India is considering the feasibility of liberalizing our visa regime for ASEAN countries to facilitate Buddhist tourist arrivals. The re-establishment of the Nalanda University, which has strong support from several ASEAN members, is progressing well. Nalanda was once a world-renowned knowledge hub where scholars from around the world, including South East Asia and India, exchanged knowledge and ideas. Now, we are working to create a similar world class university in the 21st century, with the support of our East Asian partners, and have offered scholarships to students from CLMV countries to study there.

Commerce: In the year 2014-15, ASEAN-India trade stood at US$ 76.58 billion, growing at an average annual growth rate of 12%, up from US$ 44 billion during the year 2009-10. In terms of two-way FDI flows, the India–ASEAN region has significantly outpaced many other regions of the world. Over the past seven years, US$ 25 billion of FDI equity has come into India from ASEAN countries and US$ 31 billion of Indian equity has found its way into ASEAN.

With mutual trade and investment opportunities arising from the realization of the ASEAN Economic Community and India’s emphasis on ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Skill India’ and ‘Smart Cities’ initiatives, we are confident that India-ASEAN commercial partnership will flourish. The ASEAN-India Trade-in-Goods Agreement signed in 2009 has helped in bringing about steady increase in trade volumes. The entry into force of India-ASEAN Trade-in-Services and Investment Agreements in July 2015 was a major step forward. India is looking forward to progress in negotiations for a balanced and ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

Science, technology & innovation constitute a vital pillar of India-ASEAN cooperation. India is planning to enhance the ASEAN-India Science and Technology Development Fund from the current US$ 1 million to US$ 5 million in near future. We are planning to set up an ASEAN-India Innovation Platform to facilitate commercialization of low cost technologies, technology transfer and collaborative R&D projects. India is implementing US$ 21.53 million project on Establishment of a Tracking and Data Reception Station and Data Processing Facility for ASEAN at Ho Chi Minh City, upgrading of the existing station at Biak, Indonesia and training ASEAN Personnel in Space Science & Technology in Dehradun in India.

We are open to offering ASEAN our indigenously developed GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) services, which provides advanced navigation and location assistance and information facilities.

Connectivity: Connectivity with ASEAN in all its dimensions – physical, institutional and people-to-people – continues to be a strategic priority for us. Special efforts are being made to develop a coherent strategy, particularly for linking ASEAN with North East India. This is reflected in the finalization of negotiations on the India-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Vehicles Agreement and ASEAN-India Maritime Transport Cooperation Agreement. ASEAN-India Civil Aviation Task Force is expected to oversee optimization of air connectivity. Other major projects on connectivity include the Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project and Rhi-Tiddim Road.

India has committed a Line of Credit of US $ 1 billion to promote projects that support physical and digital connectivity between India and ASEAN. India and ASEAN need to focus on an extension of the trilateral Highway to Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. We also have to work towards converting these transport corridors into economic corridors. The Mekong-India Economic Corridor, which is expected to connect the industrial and freight corridors in India with the production networks in the Mekong region through the Chennai-Dawei sea link will have a beneficial effect on all our economies. As part of our digital connectivity initiatives, we are exploring the setting up of information highways or i-ways between India and ASEAN.

It is evident that a stronger ASEAN–India partnership would give us a stronger voice on global governance issues. The time is ripe for our common engagement for bringing greater equity into the international order. ASEAN members and India have similar aspirations to have an open trading system through global organizations like the WTO. We have also shown a strong commitment, based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibility, as we take up our own role to address issues related to climate change. We are also together in the efforts for reforming the United Nations, particularly its Security Council. The role and composition of the United Nations Security Council needs to reflect the requirement of developing countries to have a greater say in decision making.

India has a shared vision for a peaceful region and the seas around us. We believe that all trade routes and the sea lanes must be protected from traditional and non-traditional threats and all countries using these international waters must act with responsibility and restraint. As the countries in the ASEAN region strive for greater economic integration, the safety of sea lanes – critical for maritime trade and commerce, maritime security, and access to marine resources in accordance with accepted international norms, continues to assume greater significance.

The evolving situation in the South China Sea demands restraint from all parties. We support collective efforts by ASEAN Member States and China to conclude the Code of Conduct to keep peace and stability in the region.

Non-traditional threats such as piracy, smuggling, transnational crimes and drug-trafficking are on the rise and pose a challenge for our countries and require strong and determined, coordinated action to control. The spreading tide of extremism and terrorism is a threat we both face. Successfully dealing with such threats requires strong cooperation among like-minded partners. Thailand and India already have a robust cooperation in this area and I am glad that we have also taken steps to institutionalize such cooperation at the regional level.

The rationale for a strong ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership is clearer than ever. As in the distant past when countries in this region and India shared robust trade links for mutual benefit and prosperity, today they have again emerged as key drivers of economic growth for the Asia-Pacific, and, indeed, the world. Together, India and South East Asia constitute a community of 1.9 billion people, representing one-fourth of humanity and account for a combined GDP of US $ 4.75 trillion; it is therefore only natural that they would work towards a qualitatively more substantive and invigorated relationship.

India is ready to meet the expectations of our friends in the region and play a more pro-active role in the processes leading to the ASEAN Community.

The economic and geo-political centre of gravity of the world has again shifted towards the Asia-Pacific, with the region showing unparalleled dynamism in economic, political, security and demographic terms. Today, as ASEAN and India stand at the dawn of a new era, time has come perhaps to reclaim our past heritage.

Long live Thailand-India friendship. Long live ASEAN-India friendship.

Thank You.

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Source: mymea.in/8cn

Japan looks towards ASEAN and India for business expansion

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Tokyo-based leading manufacturing company of consumer electronics, Casio Computer established subsidiary in Thailand – the largest market in ASEAN.

Casio has strengthened relationship with Thailand with the introduction of Casio Marketing Thailand.

Hiroshi Nakamura, Senior Executive Managing Officer, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., said, “Casio has been selling products in Thailand for many years, but now, we want to quickly respond to the needs of Thai customers, by conducting marketing activities more closely tied to communities here.”

Casio Marketing Thailand was established in July last year, as the fourth subsidiary of Casio in the ASEAN region.

The company first established ASEAN regional headquarter in Singapore in 2001 and expanded its sales offices to Indonesia in 2011 and Malaysia in 2014.

Casio has been promoting its products and brands through its distributor networks in Thailand since the 1970s.

Koji Shinjo, Managing Director, Casio Marketing Thailand Co., Ltd., “We are trying to reach 10 billion Japanese Yen by 2017.”

Akihiko Uchikawa, Minister, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, “Thailand is one of the countries in Asia where the Japanese companies are extremely active. The establishment of the marketing company here in Thailand will surely contribute to the strengthening the vital relationship between the two countries.”

Casio brand are most famous for it’s best selling G-SHOCK, with total sales of over 80 million units since it’s first sales in 1983.

Casio introduced the new model of G-SHOCK MTG series, which added to Casio’s “Global Time Sync” collection, featuring world’s first “GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor Technology” which utilizes radio wave time calibration and GPS signals for instant and precise timekeeping across the changing time zones.

Casio is also a market pioneer for the next generation projector.

The company currently holds 87.8 per cent share of Laser and LED hybrid light source projectors, and has expanded their lineups of lamp-free projectors to offer low-energy consumption and mercury free, safe to environment.

Hiroshi Nakamura, Senior Executive Managing Officer, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., “In Thailand, Casio’s brand image has penetrated with our leading wrist watch products. On the other hand, we globally produce variety of products such as scientific calculators, digital cameras, data projectors and musical instruments. I think there are great potentials in ASEAN regions for our products. We are aiming to expand our activities to these range of products, based on local needs, focusing more for education in this region.”

The Shimadzu Global Pharma Summit 2015 was recently held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The summit is a flagship event organised by Japanese analytical instrument manufacturer, Shimadzu Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

Akira Nakamoto, Chairman, Shimadzu Corporation Japan, said, “Shimadzu, together with our clients, have been deeply involved in the compliance issues, and would like to share our thought and help to contribute towards compliance of each and everyone of you.”

The event, which started in 2007 and is currently in its 5th edition, is aimed to demonstrate the emerging drug development models and analytical technologies, by inviting total 200 top opinion leaders in the domain of Pharmaceutical development.

The conference is themed as “Face Regulatory Challenges with Confidence”

Speakers from Japan, the US, Europe, China and APAC regions delivered up-to-date overviews regarding the various regulatory challenges, and how today’s state-of-the-art technologies are enabling the Pharmaceutical firms in the process of drug development.

Dr. Dave (Dai) Li, Founder, Next BioResearch Services, LLC, said, “I think Shimadzu is truly amazing, offering this learning opportunity for us, also to learn from each other.”

Chinmoy Roy, Subject Matter Expert, US FDA, “This interaction is very helpful to the industry, which is always coming up with new drugs, and always coming up with new ways of testing them in the Lab. Shimadzu management is here listening to the experiences of the users, is a fantastic of the concept.”

Dr. Richard Gallagher, Head (Biotransformation Group) at Astra Zeneca, said, “I used to work for Shimadzu many years ago actually, so it’s nice to come back after 20 years to see how the company has just developed to over the time. It’s very impressive and send them on the new projects to. it’s very exciting.”

The participants also visited Shimadzu Asia Pacific’s customer support centre in Singapore.

Kiminobu Imura, Managing Director, Shimadzu Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, said, “For 140 years since established, Shimadzu have developed numbers of analytical instruments first in Japan and the world. We will continue to develop cutting edge instruments to support new drug development and product assurance.”

They studied the latest analytical instruments, with Shimadzu’s trained application chemists.

 

Source: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/japan-looks-towards-asean-and-india-for-business-expansion/174478/

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