US India Global Review 2018

I ndia hosted leaders of the ten member-states of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as its chief guests during the commemo- ration of the country’s 69th Republic Day on January 26th. India’s vaunted ‘Look East’ Policy (renamed the ‘Act East’ Policy by the Narendra Modi government in 2014) is in its third decade with 2017 marking 25 years of dia- logue partnership, 15 years of the summit-level relationship and 5 years of strategic partnership between India and ASEAN. These milestones were celebrated at the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit that preceded India’s Republic Day. Under the banner of ‘Shared Values – Common Destiny’ there has been a focus on strengthening relations in the areas of commerce, connectivity Rhetoric and reality in the India-ASEAN relationship ACTING EAST By Chietigj Bajpaee 19 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW APRIL-JUNE 2018 The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in a group photograph with the ASEAN Heads of State/Governments, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on January 25, 2018. Photo: PIB