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Title: Understanding India's regional initiatives with East and Southeast Asia
Authors: Chanda, R.
Gopalan, S. 
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Chanda, R., Gopalan, S. (2009). Understanding India's regional initiatives with East and Southeast Asia. Asian-Pacific Economic Literature 23 (1) : 66-78. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In recent years, India has concluded several bilateral and regional agreements with countries in East and Southeast Asia. This paper discusses four motivating factors underlying these initiatives: (i) the recognition by other Asian countries of India's growing importance as an investment and export market, as a supplier of manpower, and as a counterbalance to China's growing regional dominance; (ii) India's recognition of Asia's growing importance in the world economy; (iii) India's desire to prevent its marginalisation and to create a sphere of political and economic influence within East and Southeast Asia; and (iv) geo-political considerations such as securing energy interests, and addressing transport and connectivity concerns and long-term political and sub-regional stability objectives. India's approach to these integration efforts has been largely defensive and its future integration initiatives are likely to be more geo-political and strategic in nature. © Journal compilation © 2009 Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Source Title: Asian-Pacific Economic Literature
ISSN: 08189935
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8411.2009.01223.x
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