Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy examines India's foreign policy options in order to ensure that the country retains its space for manoeuvre, to follow an independent foreign policy in the 21st century global scenario.

‘Look East’ Policy

‘Look east’ policy

Evolution and Rationale

India's ‘Look East’ policy encompassing relations with its eastern neighbours, including the 10 ASEAN countries—Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam—as well as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand constitute an increasingly important dimension of India's foreign policy. With all countries there is an unprecedented level of engagement and, with the exception of China, that too only for the last two or three years, much greater mutual trust and confidence. Trade, economic and defence ties have been surging ahead. Air links, tourism and people-to-people ties have developed dramatically. This region is today India's largest trade partner—about 35 per cent of total trade—ahead of Europe as well as the US, and the rate ...

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