Indio-Asian summit held on 25th January and 26th January in India. Already various Southeast Asian leaders from 10 countries have arrived in India on Wednesday. Leaders of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei were landed in India.
25 years back India has laid the foundation for the India-Asian summit. This India-Asian summit was conducted in 1993 in the name of ‘Look East’ policy under P.V Narasimha Rao. The ‘Look East’ policy was made to enhance the economic and strategic relations with the South Asian countries.
To take this policy to another level Prime Minister Narendra Modi changing ‘Look East’ policy to ‘Act East’ policy. Modi’s “Act East” policy for strengthening the relations with South Asian countries.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak along with his wife and President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte were already landed in India on Wednesday.
All these world leaders have attended India’s 69th Republic Day celebration at the India Gate. Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc was received by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh and Aung San Suu Kyi was welcomed by Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel.
Prime Minister of Thailand Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife Naraporn Chan-o-cha were received by Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, Kumar said. The President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte was welcomed by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh.
India wants to utilise this oppertunity to show itself as a powerful ally to these countries in the strategic areas of trade and connectivity.
This would be the first time that ten Asian leaders from different countries would witness the Republic Day celebration as guest.