With Act East, India Charts Its Ascent Into Southeast Asia

Faisel Pervaiz
South Asia Analyst, Stratfor
Jan 17, 2020 | 09:00 GMT
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) shakes hand with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the annual India-Japan summit on Sept. 14, 2017. Behind the two world leaders are their countries' respective flags.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, during a summit in India. To counter China's rise, Modi's government has sought to bolster India's ties with Japan and other Asian countries as part of its "Act East" policy. 

(SIDDHARAJ SOLANKI/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

China’s growing regional dominance is driving India to bolster its own economic, security and political ties in Southeast Asia. But unlike Beijing, New Delhi lacks the deep pockets or military might to pursue its “Act East” agenda alone....

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