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1st Act East Dialogue

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Keynote Address by MEA Secy (East) Preeti Saran

Keynote Address by MEA Secy (East) Preeti Saran
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Keynote Address by MEA Secy (East) Preeti Saran

Address by Deputy Foreign Minister of Vietnam
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Panel Discussion | Improved Connectivity and ASEAN-India Commercial Relations

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1st Act East Dialogue: Address by Assistant Secretary, ASEAN Affairs, The Philippines

1st Act East Dialogue | Agenda 2025: Transforming ASEAN-India Relations
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After years of a ‘Look East’ policy that recognised the importance of the Asia-Pacific region for Indian interests, the Indian government decided to upgrade it rhetorically to ‘Act East’. The objective of the ‘Act East’ policy is to ensure a multipolar Asia, through deeper institutional engagement, land and maritime connectivity, and security partnerships with Southeast and East Asia.

Brookings India organised the 1st Act East Dialogue in New Delhi in April 2017, hosting over 75 delegates from 27 countries. The day-long conference explored ways in which India could deepen its cooperation and involvement to its east, in particular with the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The conference was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs.

The event featured presentations from senior Indian and Southeast Asian officials, as well as academic experts from across the region.

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Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman, Brookings India, introduces the 1st Act East Dialogue to the audience

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Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, gives the Keynote Address

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H.E. Nguyen Quoc Dzung, The Vice Foreign Minister of Vietnam, speaks to the audience

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An audience member listens to the discussion

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Geethanjali Nataraj, Visiting Scholar, Brookings India, introduces the Panel Discussion, “Improved Connectivity and ASEAN-India Commercial Relations”

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H.E. Thongphane Savanphet, The Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laos, speaks to the audience

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Tran Anh Tuan, Vice Director, Vietnam Institute of Development Strategy, speaks to the audience

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Prabir De, Coordinator, ASEAN-India Centre and Professor, RIS, speaks to the audience

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An audience member takes notes during the panel discussion

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An audience member asks a question to the panel

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Darshana Baruah, Research Analyst, Carnegie India, speaks to the audience

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Rommel Banlaoi, Executive Director, Philippine Institute for Peace Violence and Terrorism Research, speaks to the audience

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Swee Lean Collin Koh, Research Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, speaks to the audience

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Vice Admiral (Retd) Anup Singh presents his views to the audience

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An audience member asks a question to the panel

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Darshana Baruah, Research Analyst, Carnegie India, answers a question from the audience

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H.E. Ma. Hellen B. de la Vega, Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, The Philippines, speaks to the audience

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Dhruva Jaishankar, Fellow, Brookings India, moderates the discussion, “Agenda 2025: Transforming ASEAN-India Relations”

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Amitendu Palit, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, speaks to the audience

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Nayan Chanda, Editor, Yale Global, listens to other panel speakers

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Sasiwan Chingchit, Program Officer, Asia Foundation, speaks to the audience

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A member of the audience listens to the panel, “Agenda 2025: Transforming ASEAN-India Relations”

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Amitendu Palit, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, answers a question by the audience in the panel, “Agenda 2025: Transforming ASEAN-India Relations”

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Agenda

Welcome and Keynote Address

Improved Connectivity and Indo-ASEAN commercial relations

Asian Multilateralism and New Defence and Security Configurations

Agenda 2025: Transforming ASEAN-India Relations

Thanks and Concluding Remarks

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