Delhi Dialogue between India and ASEAN to conclude

The Delhi Dialogue, or the ASEAN-India Foreign Minister’s Meeting, will conclude in New Delhi today. The meeting, centered around India’s

The Delhi Dialogue, a forum between the ASEAN and Indian foreign ministers, will conclude today in New Delhi. This year’s Delhi Dialogue takes place amidst the 10th anniversary of India’s strategic partnership with ASEAN – Photo: PTI

The Delhi Dialogue, or the ASEAN-India Foreign Minister’s Meeting, will conclude in New Delhi today.

The meeting, centered around India’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and the ASEAN-India Plan of Action, takes place as India celebrates the 10th anniversary of its strategic partnership with ASEAN. India’s coordination with ASEAN members on maritime security given China’s strategic overstretch in the Indo-Pacific, and the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) were pertinent to the meeting. A total of seven ASEAN countries—Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam—are members of the IPEF.

Further areas of India-ASEAN cooperation lie in supply-chain resilience given China’s centrality in the region, investments in digital technology, pandemic recovery and eco-friendly sustainable development. However, due to large trading volumes with China, both India and ASEAN members are careful to balance their security policy. In 2021 alone, ASEAN’s trade with China reached $878 billion.

In the short-term, expect India’s exclusion from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and its lack of competitive manufacturing industries to feature as its main obstacles in gaining influence among ASEAN countries. In the short-to-medium term, ASEAN countries will put aside security concerns and sustainable development projects to continue trade in manufacturing with China.

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