Thursday, January 8, 2015
The outlook for Indian naval engagement with South-east Asian countries and ASEAN.
At the ASEAN summit in mid-November, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined India's 'Look East' policy, pledging to cultivate diplomatic, economic and security relationships with South-east Asia. One manifestation of Delhi's willingness to undertake a more strategic regional role is the Indian navy's growing portfolio of partnerships with South-east Asian navies. Amid concerns over China's maritime assertiveness, India's navy has been welcomed in the region as a security partner.
- India will avoid South-east Asian undertakings that may provoke China.
- Delhi will need to define 'Look East' policies concretely to convince South-east Asia fully of Indian strategic utility.
- Modi will expand bilateral naval exercises, humanitarian aid and counter-piracy/smuggling efforts in South-east Asia.