Prime Minister Narendra Modi at present stated enhancing all kinds of connectivity, including in social, digital, and financial spheres, with the 10-nation ASEAN grouping is a serious precedence for India.
He made the remarks at a virtual summit between India and the ASEAN.
“We believe a cohesive and responsive ASEAN is needed for safety and development for all within the area,” PM Modi stated.
He additionally stated that there are various similarities between India’s ‘Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative’ and ASEAN’s ‘Outlook on Indo Pacific’.
“Enhancing each sort of connectivity between India and ASEAN – bodily, financial, social, digital, monetary, maritime – is a serious precedence for us. In the previous few years, we’ve come near all these areas,” he stated.
The Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is considered one of the crucial influential groupings within the area, and India and several different nations together with the US, China, Japan, and Australia are its dialogue partners.
The summit is taking place amid China’s aggressive behavior within the disputed South China Sea in addition to in eastern Ladakh. A number of ASEAN countries have territorial disputes with China within the South China Sea.
The 10 member nations of ASEAN are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
The ties between India and ASEAN have been on an upswing in the previous few years with focus being on ramping up cooperation within the areas of trade and investment as well as safety and defense.
The ASEAN region along with India together contains a combined population of 1.85 billion folks, which is one-fourth of the global population and their combined GDP has been estimated at over USD 3.eight trillion.