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India Has Significant Interest in a Strong East Asia

Amidst the geopolitical restructuring of East Asia, India is eyeing the region with particular interest.The region is important to India’s economic growth, with 55% of export Passing through the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca. This makes it imperative that sea lanes flow freely, communications are open, international law is applied, and the region remains stable.

Apart from trade and commerce, Asia is also home to several liberal democracies such as South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. These like-minded nations are an important factor in today’s global geopolitics. Having a democratic political system is now seen as essential in national relations because of the disruptions seen in global supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic. capacity disturb domestic stability. The erosion of trust between totalitarian and democratic states has made a resilient supply chain essential, leading to new strategies such as: friend shoring— Manufacture and source components and raw materials within a group of countries with shared values. Another factor boosting the region’s strategic vitality is Technical capabilities of states based in this area. Developed nations such as South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, technologically advanced digital societies, and respected leaders in fields ranging from ICT, shipbuilding, telecommunications, robotics to emerging technologies, have contributed to the vitality of the region. Gender has become very important in India’s economic vision. India has established strategic ties with South Korea and Japan and economic ties with Taiwan. But her one factor that makes this strategically important for India is China. The subsequent collapse of international law and regulation in the region, led by the much more militaristic China that dominates the region, was a concern for India. Her four factors of trade and commerce, supply chain resilience, technological innovation and China are influencing India’s interest in the region.

India’s Evolving Approach to East Asia

India is Act East Policy Economic liberalization reforms have taken place under Narendra Modi’s government, which has been upgraded from the Look East policy formulated in the early 1990s under former Prime Minister Narasimhan Rao. As an initial avatar, the Act East policy continues its legacy, focusing on strengthening economic ties, but is now more active with countries in Southeast and East Asia that are part of the Indo-Pacific region. It is But now the policy is also proliferating to develop closer political, cultural, defense and strategic ties. The Act East policy is based on a vision of an economically prosperous India and considers the Indo-Pacific states as an integral part of this vision. India’s relations with East Asia have been systematically advanced with a bilateral strategic vision. India has strategic relationships with all countries in the region. A special strategic and global partnership Japan and, special strategic partnership Korea and strategic partnership with Mongolia. Relations with different countries are based on their merits.India Japan foundation Based on strong economic cooperation, a global outlook based on respect for bilateral, rules-based order, territorial integrity, and dispute resolution based on international law, with a focus on improved connectivity. with Korea, tie Leaning heavily on the side of trade and commerce, defense now emerges as another sector to revitalize cooperation. Finally, in Mongolia, which sees India as her third neighbor, relationship We have further strengthened our strategic partnership, with “defense emerging as a key pillar.”

However, the current geopolitical turmoil in East Asia poses new challenges for India.The rise of China is accelerating its pace bipolar taking shape in the Indo-Pacific region. This shift has affected subregional systems, and East Asia is no exception.Moreover, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States Note And resources were diverted to Europe. Many in Asia are questioning US commitments to upholding the region’s strategic security following the withdrawal of Afghanistan and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Standing up is even more important. India is aware of this fact and has worked to improve and build relations with countries in the East Asian region. India sought to create broad consensus in the Indo-Pacific region by creating mechanisms for sustainable dialogue and communication with legitimate stakeholders in the region. bilateral, mini lateralWhen multilateral platform. India sees ASEAN as the core of its Act East policy, a major actor in Asia and a dominant actor in Southeast Asia. Even engagement with ASEAN on regional issues ASEAN Indo-Pacific OutlookNo such mechanism exists in East Asia due to its colonial experience and different perspectives. Additional diplomatic efforts are therefore required.

Another big reason is that border disputes in the Himalayas have soured relations with China, and India’s growing political influence in its neighbours, so India has a better and better relationship with China’s neighbors. To promote close relationships. Past hesitations are slowly disappearing in India’s foreign policy. There is a definite shift away from what S. Jaishankar calls ‘Delhi’s dogma’ in his book The India Way. We see India as being clear on its issues with China and planning a foreign policy based on the principle of reciprocity and recognition of India’s legitimate concerns. The pattern of Chinese hegemony in South Asia. Doklam Standoff In 2017, Galwan Incident 2020, domestic political crisis India’s view of China has been steadily changing in Sri Lanka this year. Recently, it was visited by a Chinese research vessel anchored in Sri Lanka. Raised Indian alert on Chinese intentions. India understands China’s growing military power and wants to work with East Asian countries to ensure that no one country dominates any part of the Indo-Pacific. The military strengths of East Asian countries lend themselves to strong defense ties.


India shares democratic values ​​and respect for international law with East Asian countries. The recent visit to Mongolia by the Indian Defense Minister in September has consistently been associated with the development of strong relations, completion Previous commitment. Moreover, India shares a rich heritage of Buddhism with Mongolia, Korea and Japan.cultural diplomacy with mongolia When Korea We have ensured that ties at the national level remain strong and cultural ties are strengthened.india is tried Secure the interests of our East Asian partners while respecting their sensitivities. However, challenges remain for India in pursuing absolute strategic autonomy. China’s rising hegemony and shrinking US strategic focus are key issues for the future of East Asia. But in a multipolar world, creating strategic convergence and recognizing the consensus shared by nations can manage these obstacles.

Abhishek Sharma is a PhD student in Korean Studies at the Faculty of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi.

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