Indonesia to establish "strategic partnership" in tune
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
"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
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key to East Asia-Asia integration: Japan
November 22, 2005
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.
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.
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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November 18, 2005
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,"
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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currency unit sets stage for integration
November 5, 2005
Asian currency unit will be born in 2006, amid hope that one day
it will grow to become the region's legal tender.
acu will be calculated by the Asian Development Bank on a weighting
of the participating currencies.
weights will be determined according to the participating countries'
gross domestic products and trade values.
it will be used as an indicator of the stability of participating
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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.
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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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 .
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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