The 27th cycle of the Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy is being conducted from 8-16 November 2018. The opening ceremony of the CORPAT was held at Port Blair on 8 November and the closing ceremony will be held in Phuket on 14 November.
Indian Navy’s Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 51 and HTMS Songkhla along with one Dornier aircraft each from both the navies will participate in the CORPAT, the objectives of which are to ensure effective implementation of UN Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Are you tired of being at the mercy of banks when you move money? You may live in Thailand, but no doubt you want to send funds for bills, expenses, and your family all over the world. So, why does it feel like your money is shackled to your bank account? And why is the cost of releasing it so high?
In today’s society where we can live and work practically anywhere, moving money should be frictionless. But so often it isn’t.
High exchange rates, exorbitant bank/transaction fees, and hidden charges all work to cripple our hard-accumulated funds the minute we even consider sending money abroad. Sending money out of Thailand is both challenging and expensive—everyone’s least favorite combination of factors. Repeat an exchange transaction more than once, and you may as well gift wrap your money for the bank with a bow.
We know you’re not alone with these frustrations too. Members of expat forums for cities all over Thailand see the oft-repeated question time and again, “What’s the best way to send my money abroad?” Because to date, there hasn’t been a cost-effective, transparent solution available.
SWIFT transactions—which are anything but—are expensive, just like Western Union. Thai Bank transfers for foreigners involve tedious forms and multiple document verification followed by a three-day wait just to attach an international account to your personal one. That’s before you then suffer the high exchange rates and processing fees of up to, and beyond, 1300 THB. Attaching a business account—don’t bother trying.
Sure, it’s free to send money through PayPal, but your recipient loses out on a significant chunk at the other end thanks to the company’s high commission charges which take some finding on their website. Payoneer’s ‘Global Payment Service’ is yet to include THB. So first, you need to exchange your money before you can ACH it across to another country. And TransferWise doesn’t offer the capability to upload THB. (Yes, you can trade THB, but you can’t add it to your balance—even with the new borderless account.)
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Want to avoid a three-hour drive to the airport in some of India’s worst traffic?
Bangalore is now offering helicopter transfers between the city and its airport for around $65.
The gateway to India’s Silicon Valley launched its HeliTaxi service on Monday, promising to ferry customers the 40 miles between Bangalore’s Electronic City tech hub and the international airport terminal in 15 minutes.
Customers can book their chopper ride through a mobile app. The service, which claims to be the first of its kind in India, offers only one route but Bangalore airport will add more once it has approval for helipads around the city.
HeliTaxi is not an affordable option for many travelers, with an Uber ride for the same journey costing less than half as much. But Bangalore airport and Thumby Aviation, who are operating the service, say it’s a competitive alternative to a limousine for tech executives in a hurry.
“A large number of high profile travelers, including CEOs, have to spend more than three hours by road to get there – and that is a loss of time,” a Bangalore airport spokesperson told CNN.
“This is not a low cost option, but it is an option,” she added.
The choppers ferried around 8 customers to the airport on their first day, said Thumby Aviation chairman K.N.G Nair. The company, which previously specialized in private charter flights for government officials, owns and operates the helicopters.
“Our aim was to make [helicopter] travel affordable to the common man,” Nair told CNN. “We realized that it is indeed a viable project.”
Several other Indian state governments have asked Thumby to start similar services in their top airports, and the company is now considering those proposals.
1. India-Canada share a strategic partnership underpinned by shared values of democracy and pluralism. These have expanded significantly in recent years aided by heightened economic engagement, regular high level interactions and long-standing people-to-people ties.
2. Canada is home to over 1.2 million Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) who comprise more than 3% of its population. The highly educated, affluent and industriousPIOs, one of the largest immigrant groups in Canada are well integrated with the mainstreamand also active politically.
3. At the political level, the relations in recent years have been marked by regular high level interactions. Over the years an array ofinstitutional mechanismshave been put in place to promote bilateral cooperation. 4. Prime Minister Jean Chretien visited India in 2003 and PM Paul Martin in 2005. PM Stephen Harper paid an official visit to India from 15-18 November 2009. PM Dr. Manmohan Singh visited Toronto from 25-26 June 2010 to attend theG-20 Summit, when a bilateral component was also added on 27th June. Both sides held the second round of the Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi on 14thOctober, 2014 co-chaired by External Affairs Minister (EAM) Salman Khurshid and Foreign Minister John Baird. The first round was held in Toronto on 23 September, 2013. Governor General David Johnston, paid a state visit to India from 22 February to 2 march 2014, covering New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. 5. PM Modi’s bilateral visit to Canada on April 14-16, 2015 was historic. He visited Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. He held extensive discussions with Canada’s political, business and academic leaders and also addressed some 10,000 PIO’s & friends of India, at Toronto on 15th April.
6. Documents signed during the visit include: MoU between ISRO and the Canadian Space Agency concerning Cooperation in the field of Space; MoU between the Ministry of Railways and Department of Transport of Canada on Technical Cooperation in Rail Transportation ; MoU between Ministry of Civil Aviation and Department of Transport of Canada on Deepening Cooperation in Civil Aviation; Letter of intent Between Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology and Grand Challenges Canada for the implementation of Collaboration in disease elimination and Saving Brain Initiative. An Agreement between the Indian Department of Atomic Energy and Cameco of Canada for long-term supply of uranium to India was also concluded(Second shipment reached India in December 2016). 7. On 21st October 2015, PM Modi called to congratulate Mr. Justin Trudeau on his election as the Prime Minister of Canada. PM invited him to pay an official visit to India. PM Modi met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the margins of the Nuclear Safety Summit in Washington D.C. on March 31/1st April 2016. PM Justin Trudeau had a telephone conversation with PM Modi on June 19, 2017. PM Modi congratulated PM Trudeau on the 150th anniversary of Canada as a Federation. Both leaders also discussed issues of mutual interest. They also met on the margins of the G-20 summit in Hamburg on 7thJuly, 2017. They discussed India-Canada relations and measures to further the bilateral partnership in areas such as education, trade, investment, connectivity and combating climate change. Again on 11thSeptember, 2017 PM Trudeau called PM Modi to discuss the flood situation in India.
Recent Indian Delegation’s visit to Canada: Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, MOS for Commerce & Industry to attend the 3rd Annual Trade Ministers’ Dialogue on 28 -30th September, 2016; Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister for Financial Dialogue in Toronto on October 2 -5, 2016; Dr. Arvind Gupta, Deputy NSA and Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat for the 3rd India- Canada Security Dialogue in Ottawa on 24 -27 January, 2017; Shri Ravi Thapar, Additional Secretary(CT) to attend the Joint Working Group Meeting on Counter Terrorism on 21st February, 2017; Shri B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary(Posts), Ministry of Communications, GOI ; Ottawa/Toronto on 13 -17th February 2017 Smt. PreetiSaran,Secretary(East)/Sh. MunuMahawar, JSAMS), MEA visited Toronto and Ottawa from July 10-13, 2017 Shri Chaudhary Rao Birender Singh, Union Minister for Steel visited Toronto, Calgary and Winnipeg, on July 9 -14, 2017 Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, accompanied with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, JS, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change visited Montreal on September 14-16 to attend the Climate Change Conference.
Recent Canadian Delegation’s visit to India: 3 rd India-Canada Security dialogue Ottawa 24-27 January, 2017 Mr. Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs -27 Feb till 1stMarch, 2017 Mr. FrancoisPhillippe Champagne – Minister International Trade- 3.3.2017 Mr. LwarenceMacAuley, Minister of Agriculture– 4-11 March, 2017 Ms. BardishChagger, Government House Leader in the House of Commons, and Minister of Small Business and Tourism from March 23 to 31, 2017 Mr. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Defence Minister from April 17 to 23, 2017 Trade and Economy: 8. The two-way trade has increased from C$ 4.2 billion (US$ 3.21 bn approx.) in 2010 to C$8.02 billion(US $6.05 bn approximately) in 2016, but does not reflect the true potential. India accounts for only 1.95% of Canada’s global trade. Major items of India exports to Canada include gems, jewellary and precious stones, pharmaceutical products, readymade garments, textiles, organic chemicals, light engineering goods, iron & steel articles, etc. India’s import from Canada include pulses, newsprint, wood pulp, asbestos, potash, iron scrap, copper, minerals and industrial chemicals, etc. 9. The cumulative India FDI, as per Statistics Canada in 2016 was C $2811 million(US$ 2093.53 million) as against Canadian FDI of C$ 1210 million(US$ 901.1693 million) in India. Indian companies have invested especially in the IT, software, steel and natural resources sectors. Substantial operations in Canada include Aditya Birla Group, Essar Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel Minerals Canada, Tech Mahindra, WIPRO, Infosys Technology, Jubilant Life Sciences, Abellon Energy Inc, IFFCO and Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited(GSFC), Two Banks-State Bank of India and ICICI, have seven and nine branches respectively in Canada.
10. In the Joint Statement, issued during the visit of PM Modi, both sides agreed to pursue specific measures in this regard including early finalization of the Bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement(BIPPA). The two leaders also welcomed the agreement on road map to expeditiously conclude a progressive, balanced and mutually beneficial CEPA. CEPA negotiations commenced in November 2010. The 9th round was held in New Delhi in March 2015. 11. India and Canada have also established institutionalized mechanisms to promote bilateral economic ties including Ministerial Dialogue on Trade and Investment; Trade Policy Consultations at the level of Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce; and the Economic and Financial Sector Policy.The IndiaCanada CEO Forum was constituted in 2013 to improve bilateral trade and investment flows. The inaugural meeting of the Forum was convened in November 2013 in New Delhi. The secretariat for the Forum is provided by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).The Forum identified natural resources, infrastructure, education, information and communication technology and financial services as priority sectors.
Canada – India Parliamentary Friendship Group: 12. Canadian Parliament has constituted a new Canada- India Parliamentary Friendship Group (CIPEG) with over 80 MPs from both Houses of Parliament cutting across party lines signing for its membership, making it the largest ever CIPEG. A six member (MPs/Senators) Canadian Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) delegation visitedIndia on September 10 -14, 2016.
Cooperation in Energy sectors:
13. Nuclear Energy: The Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA), which was signed in June 2010, came into force in September 2013.The Appropriate Arrangement (AA) for the NCA was signed in March 2013, under which a Joint Committee on Civil Nuclear Cooperation was constituted. It held its first meeting in Mumbai on 29 November, 2013. The 2nd meeting was held in Ottawa in November 2014. On 15thApril 2015, the Department of Atomic Energy signed a $350 million contract with Cameco, a Saskatoon-based company, to purchase 7 million pounds of uranium concentrate over the next 5 years. The first shipment arrived in India in December 2015.
Energy Dialogue: 14. Canadian Minister for Natural Resources Jim Carr led a government’s first official visit and trade mission delegation to New Delhi, India for India – Canada Energy Dialogue on September 7 – 9, 2016. The delegation comprised twenty representatives both officials and representatives from Canada’s oil and gas, renewables and electricity, and academic sectors and were successful in creating new partnerships and new applications for renewable energy and clean technology. A MOU on PNG cooperation between Ministry of PNGandNRCanwas concluded. In addition, an Expression of Intent on collaboration between Alberta Marketing Petroleum Commission (APMC) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was also signed, creating a framework to explore the prospects of APMC selling crude to IOC under term contracts.
Education Sector: 15. Over 100,000/- Indian students study in Canada. Education is a key area of collaboration between the two countries. The MOU on Cooperation in Higher Education was signed in June 2010, which covers student and faculty exchange, research and curriculum development, organization of workshop and seminars, twining between institutions of higher learning, facilitate mutual recognition of educational qualifications, policy dialogue in areas of mutual interest, among others. 16. IC-IMPACTS (the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability), which is a Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence dedicated to the development of research collaborations between Canada and India, seeks to bring together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies, and community organizations from across India and Canada to work together to find solutions to the key challenges facing the communities. IC-IMPACTS is working with the National Mission for Clean Ganga to find innovative technological solutions to clean the river Ganga; the ‘Water for Health’ collaboration with Department of Biotechnology and with DST on ‘Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure’ and ‘Integrated Water-Management’ initiatives.
S&T and Space: 17. India and Canada have been cooperating since 1990s in the areas of space science, earth observation, satellite launch services and ground support for space missions.ISRO and CSA (Canadian Space Agency) have signed MOUs for cooperation in the field of exploration and utilization of outer space and two Implementation Arrangements specifically addressing satellite tracking and space astronomy.ANTRIX, the Commercial arm of ISRO, has launched nine nanosatellite under a commercial arrangement with University of Toronto – Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).ANTRIX also launched a microsatellite SAPPHIRE (commercial contract with MacDonald, Dettwiler& Associates (MDA), Canada and NEOSSat (contract with Microsat Systems, Canada) as auxiliary satellites on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C20) in February 2013.The PSLV-C23, which was launched in June 2014 carried two Canadian satellites, CanX-4 and CanX-5, from the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies Space Flight Laboratory.
Indian Diaspora: 18. The Diaspora is well represented in federal Parliament and provincial legislatures. In the present House of Commons (elections held on 19 October 2015), there are 21 MPs of Indian origin (up from 9). Four PIOs now hold Cabinet berths (up from two of Ministers of State in the last Cabinet).Prominent Indo-Canadian organisations include Canada India Business Council (CIBC), Canada India Foundation (CIF), Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (I-CCC) and other local chambers and associations.
India 119 for 1 (Dhawan 51*) beat South Africa 118 (Chahal 5-22, Kuldeep 3-20) by nine wickets
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared eight wickets between them at SuperSport Park, taking their total for the series to 13, as South Africa’s biggest weakness was brutally exposed once again. Against wristspin, their line-up is close to clueless, especially without two of their leading batsmen. In the absence of the injured Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, the hosts folded for their lowest ODI total at home, and their eighth-lowest overall.
Twenty-three-year-old Aiden Markram’s international leadership debut on his home ground should have been the stuff of dreams, but it quickly turned into a nightmare. South Africa lost their first four wickets for 12 runs in the space of 26 balls and, after a very short period of rebuilding, their next six for 19 runs in 36 balls and were bowled out inside 33 overs. And just like that India cantered to a 2-0 series lead.
Virat Kohli chose to put South Africa in because he expected some early movement with two new balls; the hosts were happy to bowl second, anticipating turn in the afternoon. But they did not have to wait that long to see what spinners could do on a surface that will doubtless come under the spotlight again, for failing to play the home team’s advantage.
South Africa had a quiet start as Hashim Amla tried to anchor one end while Quinton de Kock was in the wars at the other. The first ball de Kock faced, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, dribbled onto his stumps off a block but the bails were not dislodged. The second was a bouncer, in the vicinity of his throat, and the third struck him on the left hand.
De Kock got off the mark with a hook shot but continued to play tentatively and it was up to Amla to up the ante. That wasn’t easy against the Indian openers and Amla flirted with danger when he edged one over the top of second slip but seemed to settle with a gorgeous cover drive.
South Africa would have seen out the Powerplay wicket-less and scoring at around four runs to the over but Amla – anticipating a fuller delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and shaping up to flay through the offside – was dismissed off a back-of-a-length ball that nipped back into him and took the edge as it passed through the bat-pad gap. Amla uncharacteristically reviewed, but replays showed he had to go.
De Kock lasted three more overs and never looked comfortable at the crease or with his equipment. He called for bat tape for an issue with the bottom of his bat and it was exactly that spot that got him into trouble when he tried to pull Chahal over midwicket but only found the fielder.
Sensing an opportunity to burrow into South Africa, Kohli brought on Kuldeep in the next over. His first ball was a half-tracker that Markram smacked in the air to deep midwicket where Bhuvneshwar was waiting. His fifth was tossed up, inviting the drive from David Miller, who came forward as the ball dipped in and edged to slip.
South Africa went from 39 without loss to 51 for 4. JP Duminy, the senior-most batsman in the line-up, had yet to face a ball and was out there with Khaya Zondo who was on debut. Duminy watched from the other end for 16 deliveries before his turn came. He and Zondo, who played calmly despite the situation, shared in a fifth-wicket stand of 48 and were allowed some reprieve when Kohli brought Hardik Pandya on in place of Chahal. They got to 95 for 4 at the halfway stage but then Chahal was brought back, Zondo’s eyes lit up to a slow, wide ball outside off, and he slog-swept to midwicket to leave Duminy with only Chris Morris and the tail.
In Chahal’s next over, Duminy was out lbw on the sweep. He wanted to review but Amla had used the only chance, and, even if Duminy did, it would have been in vain. The ball drifted from leg to pitch on middle and would have gone on to hit the stumps.
From there, it was a procession. Kuldeep trapped Kagiso Rabada lbw after Rabada failed to pick the wrong ‘un, and he had Morne Morkel dropped at mid-on the next ball. Morkel only lasted five more balls before he too fell to spin; he played against the turn to Chahal and was out lbw.
Imran Tahir was bowled by Bumrah and Morris holed out to deep cover to give Chahal his maiden ODI five-for, the best figures by an Indian bowler against South Africa in South Africa, and the second-best by an Indian against South Africa ever. To add insult to injury, India knocked off all but 21 runs of the target by the time of the scheduled lunch break, and play was extended by 15 minutes to allow the result to be achieved. But because it wasn’t, the players left the field for lunch with India needing two runs to win from 31 overs.
That farce aside, India did not face too many issues in the field. When play resumed, they quickly got the winning runs with a bit of a mis-hit behind square. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli took India there, with a second-wicket stand of 93 runs, with Dhawan providing the match’s only half-century. South Africa only had one moment of success, when Kagiso Rabada had Rohit Sharma caught at fine leg off a bouncer in the fourth over. Rabada was the only bowler to show some intent and hit Kohli in the stomach, but South Africa needed much more. They did not even have enough runs to assess whether their decision to field two specialist spinners would have paid off, but the 18 runs Tabraiz Shamsi conceded in three overs suggests India were more than ready for the challenge.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will be seeking greater ties with India today while attending the second day of the ASEAN-India Summit.
The Prime Minister yesterday held talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, touching on issues such as digital cooperation, India’s Smart Cities and Digital India policies, Thailand’s Thailand 4.0 and Eastern Economic Corridor goals and security ties. Prime Minister Narendra acknowledged Thailand’s role as an important maritime neighbor to India during the discussions and called for closer ties based on the relationship.
The two leaders also agreed to boost tourism links between their nations before Gen Prayut confirmed to his counterpart that Thailand and ASEAN are ready to enhance creative ties with India. Thailand is set to become ASEAN’s coordinator with India in August of this year.
Gen Prayut afterwards attended the ASEAN-India retreat, which focused on maritime security. The retreat acknowledged the importance of waters between India and ASEAN to their economic prosperity and that it is in their best interests to jointly maintain regional stability.
The current ASEAN-India Summit also marks the 25th anniversary of the two entities ties, and has brought together the 10 leaders of the bloc in time to celebrate India’s Republic Day.
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These leaders will also take part in the two-day ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in the national capital beginning Thursday.
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
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
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
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, Sisoulithwas 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
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (Reuters photo)
Aung San Suu Kyiis 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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