India, Indonesia to establish "strategic partnership" in tune with realities
India key to East Asia-Asia integration: Japan
Natwar : Trade
Asian currency unit sets stage for integration
Japan sees shared role with China in Asia
East Asia Community taking shape

 

 

 

 

 

India, Indonesia to establish "strategic partnership" in tune with realities
The Hindu
November 24, 2005

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday agreed to establish a "strategic partnership" between their countries in keeping with contemporary realities.

"While acknowledging the centrality of ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) in leading the process of creating this new regional architecture, both countries affirmed the need for all 16 EAS (East Asia Summit) countries to fully participate and actively contribute towards a common vision of an East Asian Community that would facilitate closer regional cooperation and integration. In this regard, they [Dr. Singh and Mr. Yudhoyono] highlighted the importance of the development of a road map and modalities for the progressive realisation of the East Asian Community," the declaration said.

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India key to East Asia-Asia integration: Japan
Webindia 123.com
November 22, 2005

India is the key to East Asia-Asia integration and should thus be a part of the Asia-Europe dialogue process but the time is not ripe for it to become a part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), according to Japanese envoy.

"India is an indispensable part of East Asia networking. Any economic integration of East Asia and Asia will not work without India," Ambassador Yasukuni Enoki said at a press conference.

"Historically, Japan has not looked beyond Myanmar. Now, that is changing because of our Look West policy. We need India's economic dynamism and huge market," he maintained.

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Natwar : Trade
PTI
November 18, 2005

Union Minister Natwar Singh today said India was going all out to allay the apprehensions of its South Asian neighbours about its closer interaction with East Asian countries "Even as we reach out to East Asia, we are convinced that our immediate neighbours also need to be beneficiaries and participants of this vision. There are political apprehensions in our neighbourhood and we are trying to allay them by expanding economic content of our relationship," he said.

"With greater economic collaboration, India's size, economic growth and potential can turn out to be of advantage to them. It is these attributes that can shape the fortunes of South Asia as a whole," Dr. Singh said in his inaugural address at Research and Information Conference on Asian Economic Community.

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Asian currency unit sets stage for integration
November 5, 2005
The Asahi Shimbun

An Asian currency unit will be born in 2006, amid hope that one day it will grow to become the region's legal tender.

The acu will be calculated by the Asian Development Bank on a weighting of the participating currencies.

The weights will be determined according to the participating countries' gross domestic products and trade values.

Initially, it will be used as an indicator of the stability of participating currencies.

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Japan sees shared role with China in Asia
November 04, 2005


If China sees itself as the rising power in Asia, headed for economic, political and eventually military dominance in the region, Japan sees itself as a harmonizing and cooperative force in the region, Kitamura says, ready to contribute its economic power and technical expertise to a rising Asian community.

Japan's vision for Asia would see the emergence of an East Asian Community that would rival the European Union in terms of economic and political power. Kitamura sees the first East Asia Summit set to take place in Malaysia next month as a test case to discover if China and the other nations in the East Asia Forum grouping are really ready to work together. The group includes the 10 ASEAN nations plus China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.

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East Asia Community taking shape
By Qin Jize (China Daily)
November 1, 2005


The dream of a cohesive East Asia Community is distant but progress towards regional integration will continue at a steady pace, a senior Chinese diplomat said yesterday in Beijing .

Wu Jianmin, president of China Foreign Affairs University said despite growing initiatives by the 10+3 countries China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the 10 member countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to create stronger links between Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, the establishment of the East Asia Community "still has a long way to go," adding there is no unified roadmap or timetable for charting the course.

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