Opinions < 2004 < July
Engaging Asia and the World
The Nation, Thailand
July 30, 2004
one of the world's fastest growing economies, India is doing everything
it can to become an active partner in promoting economic cooperation
and integration within the region. In an exclusive interview with
The Nation at his residence on Wednesday, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh said that India is part of Asia and would therefore seek active
cooperation with Southeast Asian countries and beyond.
Under his leadership, he said, India will also further engage with
the world economy and continue with economic reforms.
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the Full Interview:
the Most of BIMSTEC Grouping
Part II Cementing
cooperation within Asia
India has come out of its shell
and looked East
is blowing its horn to tell peoples that it is moving forward to
assume its place in the global scheme of things. The message Indian
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh brought with him when visited Bangkok
last week for first BIMSTEC summit last week was the case in point:
India wants to engage with Southeast Asia and beyond.
....It should have surprised no one when Prime Minister Singh told
The Nation in an interview that India favoured the establishment
of an Asian Community as an extension of the East Asian Community.
Indeed, India is pre-positioning itself in Asia as an economic powerhouse
for the 21st century. The prime minister pointed that an Asean-plus-four
formula that included India would be the first building block for
a future Asian Community.
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must be included in the ASEAN-plus three dialogue: Indian PM
R Sudhaman (PTI)
July 30, 2004
today said it favoured creation of an Asian community and said New
Delhi should be included in the ongoing dialogue ASEAN has been
holding with some of the leading nations in Asia.
has been having summit-level meetings with China, Japan and South
Korea, called the ASEAN-plus three process, since 1997 and India
wants to be part of this process. India held summit meetings with
the ASEAN leaders in 2002 and 2003.
place of India in the ASEAN would demonstrate 'the place of India
in the ASEAN scheme of things,'" Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
said in an interview to leading Thai daily 'The Nation' on the eve
of his departure to Bangkok to participate in the BIMST-EC summit.
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Asia Community Concept Becoming Realistic Idea
July 19, 2004
a few years ago this was something unthinkable," says a Japanese
government official, referring to the gathering momentum of what
appears to be a move toward the creation of an East Asian Community.
is still premature to predict how soon it will come, but political
leaders and policymakers in the region look surprised at the unexpectedly
fast pace at which things appear to be moving. The supposed community
consists of Japan, China, South Korea and the 10 members of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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'Asia co-prosperity sphere'
The Taipei Times
July 8, 2004
US preoccupation with Iraq and global terrorism has given China
an ideal opportunity to expand its role. In Southeast Asia it has
forged a free-trade agreement with ASEAN. It has also signed a "Strategic
Partnership" agreement with the regional organization.Although the
partnership is supposedly "non-aligned, non-military and non-exclusive,"
it has a wide scope to cover almost anything and everything. For
instance, it calls for cooperation in "politics, economy, social
affairs, security and regional affairs."
the surface, China's regional diplomacy is not directed against
the US. Indeed, according to Vice Premier Qian Qichen, a foreign
affairs veteran, "We welcome a positive role of the US in the Asia-Pacific
region for regional peace and development." But, in effect, Beijing
is working on a two-pronged approach.
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flexes its free-trade muscles
The Financial Express
July 3, 2004
by Japan and China, the disparate nations of East Asia are in the
midst of a free trade revival that could create one of the world's
largest economic blocs.
week, Japan and South Korea began a fourth round of negotiations
aimed at creating a bilateral free-trade agreement (FTA) by December
2005. The signing of an agreement would unite two economies with
a combined gross domestic market of US$5 trillion, about 75% of
the entire East Asian economy...
"centrifugal forces" behind free trade are very strong,
and Asia is already experiencing "the fruits" of regional
cooperation, said Kinoshita. Under the "ASEAN-plus-three"
structure, he noted, Asian countries recently launched an Asian
Bond Market Initiative and an Asian Bond Fund so local governments
will have access to capital during a future financial emergency.
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