After emphasising on the West lately, India has eventually been acknowledged that it is important to maintain presence in continent, and it mustn’t be ignored. So in an attempt to enhance India’s Act East Policy, PM Modi will be visiting Indonesia and Singapore between May 29 and June 2.
Regardless of what can be seen on screen, bear-hugs in the United States seem to have lost its charm as millions of Indians working in the States will soon be kicked out after toughened H1-B and H4 visa rules, alongside disinterest in the so-called ‘fastest developing economy’. The Brits and the Europeans have never been too friendly diplomatically and after an affair with the US, India has virtually, unofficially almost seized its relations with Russia – a long-time ally. And the Arabs care little to ally with anyone, unless it takes care of their oily interests. With China continuously progressing in the Indian subcontinent, India has only few hands to hold on to – explaining the purpose of Act East Policy.
Working on the policy, the External Affairs Ministry has scheduled a prime ministerial trip to Indonesia and Singapore – the countries having considerable presence in the Indian-Pacific Ocean. The trip begins tomorrow, on May 29 and will run through till June 2 – during which Modi will be focusing on agreements in the areas of defence, skill development and connectivity. However, it is evident that defence will be core of discussion because the officials are already talking about “interest on maritime domain awareness and Navy-to-Navy cooperation” alongside renewal of the defence cooperation agreements.
The treat for India would be when the maritime affairs minister of the Indonesia will avail access to the strategic port of Sabang on the Strait of Malacca to India. In Singapore too, Modi will talk to officials to articulate regional security issues and convey India’s view on peace and security in the region. It is the Chinese progression in Indian waters that is causing chaos in New Delhi, and encouraging India to take a step ahead in developing better relations with the ones who are around, in the subcontinent.