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The Indo-Pacific construct has significantly enhanced the strategic salience of ASEAN. India’s Indo-Pacific strategy works in tandem with its Act East Policy. Examine.

Topic:  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

4. The Indo-Pacific construct has significantly enhanced the strategic salience of ASEAN. India’s Indo-Pacific strategy works in tandem with its Act East Policy. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express ,Insights on India

Why the question:

The recent India-Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi appeared on the geopolitical scene almost against the trend of events, with the high-profile focus on Europe at one end and on the Quad at the other. Yet, it was one of the most welcome events.

Key Demand of the question:

To understand the role of strategic partnership with ASEAN and its mutual benefits for both sides and its role in India’s Indo-Pacific strategy.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by mentioning the historic engagement of India-ASEAN relationship.

Body:

First, write about India’s of strategic partnership with ASEAN – bring out the importance of geographical proximity of the ASEAN countries and its strategic, security and economic implications to India. Also mention about the sociocultural dynamics, mobilisation of group level funds and promotion of domestic infrastructure projects based on few examples.

Next, write about the linkages between India’s Indo-Pacific strategy and Act East Policy.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stating that a good relation with ASEAN nations is crucial for India, in order for India to look beyond its neighbours, in its global diplomatic journey.