Leaders of ASEAN countries may be invited for 2018 Republic Day celebrations: Report

Republic Day 2018: India enjoys good relations with most of the ASEAN countries. PM Modi has previously addressed the ASEAN Business investment summit in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 2015.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2017 3:25 pm
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The Centre is planning to invite the leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations for the Republic Day parade next year, reported Times of India on Saturday. This is being seen as a major step towards the government’s ‘Act East’ policy as it will bring together leaders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

World leaders like former US President Barack Obama, former French president François Hollande and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan have been chief guests at Republic Day celebrations in the past.

Stressing on the importance of shared relations between India and ASEAN nations, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had recently said the two face common traditional and non-traditional security challenges. “We have enhanced our engagement in South-East Asia. This was reflected in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in 2014 at the India-ASEAN Summit in Myanmar where he declared that India’s ‘Look East Policy’ has become ‘Act East Policy’,” she said while speaking at the ministerial session of Delhi Dialogue-IX.

“Freedom of navigation and respect for international law is therefore imperative in this context. Equally, we remain committed with Asean to enhance our maritime cooperation, to realise the full potential of our ocean economy. We will continue to step up cooperation in countering terrorism, piracy and other transnational crimes,” she added.

PM Modi has also addressed the ASEAN Business investment summit in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 2015.

The move is particularly significant considering India’s current relationship with China which has earned the displeasure of the region due to the South China Sea dispute. At least four of the ten ASEAN nations, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Brune, are involved in the South China Sea dispute.

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    Eager.lickspittle
    Jul 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm
    At all who want to check mate China.: Your time tested brahmin trait is well demonstrated. Chanakya, even though imaginary, must be feeling proud in his non-existent imaginary grave.
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      S.Chatterjee
      Jul 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm
      Good relations with ASEAN countries is welcome. But if you want to checkmate China with this, consider the following. The total GDP of these countries is 7855 billion US dollars and add to that India's 2251 billion US dollars. Total (ASEAN India) comes to 10,106 billion US dollars. It is less than China's GDP of 11800 billion US dollars. Moreover, all these countries depend upon import of technological products from China, e.g. India in power sector and telecommunications, including the smartphones and laptops that we use.
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        amakant
        Jul 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm
        Dont invite the Islamist Malaysia until they give freedom to practise religion to Hindus and Buddhists.
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          Kamal Pasha
          Jul 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm
          No country has touched China in the last century. India tried in 1962 and got good beatings.
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            Kamal Pasha
            Jul 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm
            The leaders of Muslim countries of ASEAN should bycote this invitation. Modi's India is killing and lynching their own Muslim citizens. Modi is anti-Islam.
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              muftkhor
              Jul 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm
              ASEAN should form a millitary alliance against Chinese hegemony in South east asia.
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                Sankaran Krishnan
                Jul 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm
                It is good to create such rapport among ASEAN Nations and to focus on Bilateral and Trade relations which also helps us to checkmate China in the process and as well sidelined them which will be an indirect insult to China and hope China understands this if the idea of China is to have good neighbourly and Trade relations with India or else it is for China and its Businesses are the losers and as well lost their credibility by allying and supporting with Terror Nation Pakistan !!!
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                  Eager.lickspittle
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 6:47 pm
                  Check mating-you nailed China. Your time tested brahmin trait is well demonstrated. Chanakya, even though imaginary, must be feeling proud in his non-existent imaginary grave.
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                  You.Fools
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm
                  This is a great idea. Why should people blame only Modi for his non-stop foreign tours? We have to give that opportunity to all the leaders of the world for which Modi should be given Foolitzer Prize.
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