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14th ASEAN-India Summit and 11th East Asia Summit
Sep 13, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended 14th ASEAN-India Summit and 11th East Asia Summit at Vientiane, capital city of Laos on 7-8 September.The Summits was attended by Heads of State/Government of the 10 ASEAN and 18 East Asia Summit Participating Countries respectively. In the margins, India Prime Minister held bilateral meetings with several leaders.

India-ASEAN Relations

  • At the 14th ASEAN-India Summit, Prime Minister and ASEAN leaders reviewed ASEAN-India cooperation and discuss its future direction under each of the three pillars of politico-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation.
  • They exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern.
  • 2017 will mark 25 years of India's dialogue partnership with ASEAN, to celebrate which a number of commemorative activities was announced by Prime Minister.
  • ASEAN is a strategic partner of India since 2012. India and ASEAN have 30 dialogue mechanisms which meet regularly, including a Summit and 7 Ministerial meetings in Foreign Affairs, Commerce, Tourism, Agriculture, Environment, Renewable Energy and Telecommunications.
  • Trade between India and ASEAN stood at $65.04 billion in 2015-16 and comprises 10.12% of India’s total trade with the world.

The ASEAN-India economic integration process has got a fillip with the creation of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Area in July 2015, following the entry into force of the ASEAN-India Trade in Services and Investment Agreements. Conclusion of a balanced Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement will further boost our trade and investment ties with the region.

East Asia Summit

  • The East Asia Summit is the premier leaders-led forum in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Since its inception in 2005, it has played a significant role in the strategic, geopolitical and economic evolution of East Asia.
  • Apart from the 10 ASEAN Member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Russia.
  • India, being a founding member of the East Asia Summit, is committed to strengthening the East Asia Summit and making it more effective for dealing with contemporary challenges.
  • At the 11th East Asia Summit, Leaders discussed matters of regional and international interest and concern including maritime security, terrorism, non-proliferation, irregular migration, etc.
  • Three statements/declarations were adopted—1. The Vientiane Declaration on Promoting Infrastructure Development Cooperation in East Asia; 2. An EAS Declaration on Strengthening Responses to Migrants in Crisis and Trafficking in Persons; 3. An EAS Statement on Non-Proliferation.


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