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Asean centrality essential for Indo-Pacific peace, prosperity: India

by January 7, 2018 General

on Sunday reiterated that the leadership and centrality of the southeast Asian region is essential for the peace and prosperity of the region.

has reached the golden milestone of 50 years,” said during her opening address at the (Asean)-Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, a gathering of the Indian of this region, here.

Stating that is 70 years old and the 10-nation 50, said that that the regional bloc was formed when “was a global faultline, a theatre of a brutal war, and a region of uncertain nations” but has now “unified 10 countries to become an economic hub and it has become an anchor of broader regional integration and cooperation”.

“For India, leadership and centrality is essential for peace and prosperity for the rapidly changing region.”

Her remarks come amid China’s belligerence in the Sea and growing influence in the region.

also referred to the fact that the Asean-Dialogue Partnership that was established in 1992 was elevated to that of in 2012.

Stating that the Asean, which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam, is at the heart of New Delhi’s Act East policy, said that with each member, has growing economic, political and cultural relations while “growing connectivity has reinforced proximity”.

“Today, 16 Indian cities are connected to Singapore,” she said. “A trilateral highway project from to is making progress. We plan to expand this further to connect to other countries.”

She also highlighted the role of northeast in India-ties in this regard.

Referring to the presence of at the event, she said: “It is a symbol of resurgence of India’s Northeast as mentioned. Our Northeast region will prosper when it is better connected to and the Northeast becomes our bridge to

said that India’s trade agreements with region “are among the most ambitious with any region”.

“Our partnership in regional institutions, including the Summit, has advanced peace and stability in the region.”

Stating that the strength of India’s engagement with the region lies in the clarity of the vision both sides share, she said: “We believe that when all nations adhere to international rules and norms, when we conduct relations on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual respect, our nations feel secure and our economies prosper.”

and have a future full of possibilities and also of enormous responsibilities “as much as this creates synergies for us, from democracy to the dynamism of our economies, from proximity to the talent of our people”, she said, adding while pointing out that is India’s fourth largest trading partner.

She also praised the Indian of the region for their role in maintaining ties between and while lauding their contributions for the development of their respective nations.

“We all know your connections with India, the land of your heritage,” she said. “We deeply value your role in nurturing the ties between and



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