Describing security cooperation with India as "a central element of the broad US-India strategic partnership", the US says it looks forward to working closely with the next Indian government to build on it.
India will push for early conclusion of an economic accord with Indonesia to achieve the bilateral trade target of $25 billion by 2015, with cumulative Indian investments of $20 billion into this country, the Indian envoy said.
Japan and the United States will pledge to jointly help Southeast Asian nations boost their marine surveillance capabilities, a newspaper said Saturday, as tensions over territorial disputes in the region simmer.
Vice President Hamid Ansari Saturday said the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, despite sharing social and cultural affinities, have not done enough to prosper as a regional bloc.
Japan and Southeast Asian countries on Saturday agreed on the importance of freedom in the skies, in the first major gathering of the continent`s leaders since China ramped up regional tensions with a controversial air defence zone.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said connectivity with the ASEAN was a strategic priority for his government as it was the key to regional development, building capacities and enhancing trade and investment.
Amidst the backdrop of global economic uncertainty, leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met here Wednesday to review the progress towards an ASEAN Community by 2015, leading to a freer flow of goods, services and investments in the region.
Aiming to give fillip to India`s Look East policy, Manmohan Singh is expected to announce new initiatives to take forward ties with the ASEAN by setting up a mission and appointing an ambassador for the 10-member grouping.