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“India’s relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of her foreign policy and the foundation of Act East Policy”, Comment.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

3. “India’s relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of her foreign policy and the foundation of Act East Policy”, Comment. (250 words)

Reference:  mea.gov.in

Why the question:

The question is based on the theme of India’s relations with South Asia.

Key Demand of the question:

One must discuss in detail in what way India’s relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of her foreign policy and the foundation of Act East Policy.

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with a brief on what ASEAN is, its conception and motto.

Body:

In the answer body explain that India’s focus on a strengthened and multi-faceted relationship with ASEAN is an outcome of the significant changes in the world’s political and economic scenario since the early 1990s and India’s own march towards economic liberalisation.

India’s search for economic space resulted in the ‘Look East Policy’. The Look East Policy has today matured into a dynamic and action oriented ‘Act East Policy. PM at the 12th ASEAN India Summit and the 9th East Asia Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, in November, 2014, formally enunciated the Act East Policy.

Discuss in detail the strengths and opportunities before India with respect to ASEAN and its relations.

Bring out the challenges before it.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance.