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30 March 2008

India's Strategic Thrust in S.E.Asia --- Before & After 9/11


30 Mar 2008

South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG), New Delhi, India

Supplied note: "The latest paper of the Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, on the above subject is now available at the web site of the South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG), New Delhi, at [the URL below] - br."

"A keynote speech delivered by the writer on March 26, 2008, at an international seminar on 'India-Southeast Asia: Strategic Convergence In The 21st Century' organised from March 26 to 28, 2008, by the Centre For SAARC Studies of the Andhra University, Visakhapattnam (Vizag)."

"2. It is often said that India has no strategic culture and that strategic thinking does not go into its policy-making. This is wrong. [...] A nation and a power without a strategic culture and thinking drifts. India has never been a drifting nation or power. It is a nation which knows where it wants to go and how to go there. [...] 17. [...] According to the Directorate-General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCIS), Kolkata, India's exports to the ASEAN countries increased from US$ 10.41 billion in 2005-06 to US$ 12.56 billion in 2006-07, a growth of 20.67 per cent. India's imports from the ASEAN countries increased from US$ 10.88 billion in 2005-06 to US$ 18.08 billion in 2006-07, a growth of over 66 per cent. The ASEAN has a huge trade balance of about US $ six billion in its favour. The ASEAN accounted for 9.49 per cent of India's imports and 9.95 per cent of India's exports during 2006-07. This figure is likely to grow up further after the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the ASEAN is finalised and implemented, hopefully later this year. The total value of the two-way trade amounted to US $ 30.64 billion, which was almost equivalent to the total value of India's two-way trade with China. At the 6th India-ASEAN summit in Singapore in November 2007, India proposed to enhance the bilateral trade with the ASEAN countries to a target of US$ 50 billion by 2010." - b.raman

[The author of the paper, Mr B. Raman, is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India. - ed. ]

URL http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/papers27/paper2643.html

Internet Archive (www.archive.org) - the paper was not archived at the time of this abstract.
However, in a few weeks time it will be available at web.archive.org/web/*/www.southasiaanalysis.org - ed.

Link reported by: B. Raman (ram1994--at--vsnl.net)

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