20th ASEAN-INDIA SUMMIT AND THE 18th EAST ASIA SUMMIT
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- Prime Minister attended the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and the 18th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Jakarta on 7 September 2023.
- At the ASEAN-India Summit, the Prime Minister held extensive discussions with ASEAN partners on further strengthening of the ASEAN-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and charting its future course.
- The Prime Minister reaffirmed ASEAN's centrality in the Indo-Pacific and highlighted the synergies between India's Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative (IPOI) and ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP).
- He also emphasized the need to complete the review of ASEAN-India FTA (AITIGA) in a time-bound manner
India’s 12-Point Proposal
- The Prime Minister presented a 12-point proposal for strengthening India – ASEAN cooperation covering connectivity, digital transformation, trade, and economic engagement, addressing contemporary challenges, people-to-people contacts, and deepening strategic engagement, as follows:
- Establishing multi-modal connectivity and economic corridor that links South-East Asia-India-West Asia-Europe.
- Offered to share India’s Digital Public Infrastructure Stack with ASEAN partners.
- Announced ASEAN-India fund for Digital Future focusing on cooperation in digital transformation and financial connectivity.
- Announced renewal of support to the Economic and Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to act as a knowledge partner for enhancing our engagement.
- Called for collectively raising issues being faced by Global South in multilateral fora.
- Invited ASEAN countries to join the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine being established by WHO in India.
- Called for working together on Mission LiFE.
- Offered to share India’s experience in providing affordable and quality medicines to people through Jan-Aushadhi Kendras.
- Called for a collective fight against terrorism, terror financing, and cyber-disinformation.
- Invited ASEAN countries to join the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.
- Called for cooperation in disaster management.
- Called for enhanced cooperation on maritime safety, security, and domain awareness.S
- Two Joint Statements, one on Maritime Cooperation, and the other on Food Security were adopted.
- In addition to India and ASEAN Leaders, Timor-Leste participated in the Summit as Observer.
18th East Asia Summit
- At the 18th East Asia Summit, Prime reiterated the importance of the EAS mechanism and reaffirmed our support to further strengthen it.
- Prime Minister Modi underlined India’s support for ASEAN centrality and called for ensuring a free, open, and rules-based Indo-Pacific.
- The Prime Minister highlighted synergies of visions for Indo-Pacific between India and ASEAN and underscored that ASEAN is the focal point of Quad’s vision.
- The Prime Minister also called for a cooperative approach to address global challenges including terrorism, climate change, and resilient supply chains for essential items including food and medicines, and for energy security.
- He highlighted India’s steps in the area of climate change and our initiatives such as ISA, CDRI, LiFE, and OSOWOG.
- Leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues.
ALL ABOUT EAST ASIA SUMMIT:
ANALYZING ASEAN: https://www.iasgyan.in/blogs/analyzing-asean
PERSPECTIVES ON THE INDIA-ASEAN SUMMIT:https://www.icwa.in/show_content.php?lang=1&level=3&ls_id=4919&lid=1799
Q. ASEAN is a key pillar of India’s ‘Act East policy’, what does it mean for the region? Also, shed the role of the East Asia Summit in the Indo-Pacific and the ongoing Geopolitical churn.