Engagement with ASEAN is an important pillar of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, says PM

Source: The post is based on the article “Engagement with ASEAN is an important pillar of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, says PM ” published in The Hindu on 7th September 2023

What is the News?

The Prime Minister has reached Indonesia to attend the 20th ASEAN-India summit and 18th East Asia Summit(EAS).

What is the ASEAN-India summit?

The ASEAN-India summit was started in 2002 in Cambodia.

The summit meetings hold high significance as they offer opportunities for leaders of participating countries to meet and gain from dialogue and interactions. 

Since 2002, India has not missed a single ASEAN-India summit. 

This year’s summit is India Prime Minister’s 9th Summit and the first one after the relations were elevated to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) level.

What is the East Asia Summit(EAS)?

The East Asia Summit (EAS) is the Indo-Pacific’s premier forum for strategic dialogue. 

It is the only leader-led forum at which all key Indo-Pacific partners meet to discuss political, security and economic challenges facing the region and has an important role to play in advancing closer regional cooperation. 

The summit comprises eighteen participating countries including ten ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States of America.

The first East Asia Summit (EAS) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2005. 

In 2023, the Chair of the East Asia Summit is the Republic of Indonesia who is also the current ASEAN Chair.

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