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Issue Brief - Dr Udai Bhanu Sigh - 29 November 2021

29 November 2021


A look at some of the important documents like the Joint Statement, the Chairman’s Statement at the 18th ASEAN– India Summit, the Chairman’s Statement at the 16th East Asia Summit and PM Modi’s own address at the ASEAN–India Summit meeting, would help us understand not just the outcome but also the prospects for the future. [...] Similarly the Philippines squandered a golden opportunity to galvanise the nation when the international arbitration panel in The Hague gave a ruling on the South China Sea in favour of the Philippines and against China. [...] At the very outset, he mentioned the challenges posed by COVID-19 and how “this challenging time in a way was also the test of India–ASEAN friendship”.9 He also referred to: The Shared Values and History of India and Southeast Asia The unity and centrality of ASEAN India’s Act East Policy (AEP) and its Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) policy. [...] As compared to India, China brings to the table economic issues where it has been cooperating with ASEAN, and attempts to downplay the security aspects where the ASEAN States should be concerned.19 Some of the main points of the Chairman’s Statement for China–ASEAN Cooperation include: Working closely together “to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 pandemic”. [...] The kind of role it played in the Cambodian Peace Process in the 1980s and 1990s, needs to be played now in dealing with the two important challenges it faces today: the challenge of Chinese intrusion in the South China Sea and Myanmar’s political turmoil.



association for south east asian nations (asean); asean summit