Understanding India's regional initiatives with East and Southeast Asia

Rupa Chanda, Sasidaran Gopalan

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In recent years, India has concluded several bilateral and regional agreements with countries in East and Southeast Asia. This paper discusses four motivating factors underlying these initiatives: (i) the recognition by other Asian countries of India's growing importance as an investment and export market, as a supplier of manpower, and as a counterbalance to China's growing regional dominance; (ii) India's recognition of Asia's growing importance in the world economy; (iii) India's desire to prevent its marginalisation and to create a sphere of political and economic influence within East and Southeast Asia; and (iv) geo-political considerations such as securing energy interests, and addressing transport and connectivity concerns and long-term political and sub-regional stability objectives. India's approach to these integration efforts has been largely defensive and its future integration initiatives are likely to be more geo-political and strategic in nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-78
Number of pages13
JournalAsian-Pacific Economic Literature
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 11 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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