Abstract: India’s Look East Policy – Relations with Vietnam
With the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, it was necessary for India, which was opening its economy around the same time, to look for new markets. An obvious area to explore was South-East Asia and its emerging dynamic economy. This paper looks at India’s relations with Vietnam and the future of India-ASEAN relations in the broader context of India’s Look East Policy. I have stated that India should strengthen political and commercial ties with the region but should not, at the moment, suggest any ideas about balancing China, which will be counter-productive. For one thing, the major countries in the region would not welcome it. Being major powers themselves, they would resent, at least at the present moment, India, punching above its strength, so to speak. However, this does not prevent India from putting together the building blocks of a mature security relationship with the countries of South-East Asia.
Dr Anuradha Bhattacharjee carried out her doctoral thesis at the Sorbonne and specialises in international management and public policy.
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