Rising INDIA in the changing Asia-Pacific: Strategies and Challenges

Rising INDIA in the changing Asia-Pacific: Strategies and Challenges

Ganganath Jha , Vibhanshu Shekhar

Publisher: Pentagon Press


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“A change is coming over the scene and now Asia is again finding itself. We live in a tremendous age of transition and already the next stage takes shape when Asia takes its rightful place with other continents.”1 Jawaharlal Nehru, Asian Relations Conference in 1947, New Delhi. Today, the Asia-Pacific stands on the cusp of a momentous shift, stirring intense debate and discussion among the academia and the policy-makers alike. Along with a revolution in the nature and dynamics of economic integration, the region is enjoying enormous swelling in its politico-strategic significance at the global level. Moreover, the region offers what ASEAN Secretary General, Surin Pitsuwan, calls ‘the world’s largest business space.’ The region is more integrated than ever through cooperative activities and a plethora of institutional networks built around ASEAN. While the Asia-Pacific is emerging as an important player in global governance discourse, countries of the region are emerging as stakeholders and drivers in the success stories of the region. The multilateral engagement has undergone significant transformation in terms of geo-political outlook, agenda and mandate of institutionalized cooperation in the region. In fact, the idea of cooperation has never ever been so powerful and profound in the near history of the Asia-Pacific. The signing of the India-ASEAN FTA in goods and India’s greater economic integration with the region further testify to the logic of shared prosperity.