How Modi Is Broadening the Range and Scope of India’s ‘Act East’ Policy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews an honor guard, accompanied by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 30, 2018 (AP photo Darren Whiteside).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews an honor guard, accompanied by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 30, 2018 (AP photo Darren Whiteside).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used a three-country tour of Southeast Asia in the late May and early June to tout his “Act East” policy. In Indonesia, he signed a deal to develop the country’s Sabang port at the mouth of the strategic Malacca Strait, while pledging to boost security and maritime cooperation. And in an address to the Shangri-La Dialogue, a forum on Asian security issues in Singapore, he pledged India’s commitment to free navigation and a rules-based order for maritime security in Asia. In an email interview, Anubhav Gupta, the assistant director of the Asia Society Policy Institute […]

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