1st Edition

Thirty Years of ASEAN-India Relations Towards Indo-Pacific

Edited By Prabir De Copyright 2024

    India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are civilisational partners and belong to a shared geography. They not only share land and maritime borders, engagements between India and ASEAN have expanded from trade and investment to culture, science and technology, connectivity and sustainable development. The year 2022 marks the 30 years of partnership between ASEAN and India. In the last three decades, ASEAN and India have elevated their relations from the sectoral level to summit level to comprehensive strategic partnership level.

    The book Thirty Years of ASEAN-India Relations: Towards Indo-Pacific, presents rich prescriptions for the future. It covers a wide range of topics in the fields of economics, geography, history, archaeology, international trade, tourism, migration, and infrastructure for transport. The authors of the chapters are from diverse fields of academic disciplines from India and the ASEAN. Published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-India relations, this book is a valuable resource for practitioners and scholars who are interested in economic integration.

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    List of Tables, Figures and Maps

    List of Abbreviations

    List of Contributors

    1. Introduction

    Prabir De

    PART I: From Look East to Act East

    2. ASEAN-India Relations at 30: Cooperation, Challenges and Prospects

    Sampa Kundu

    3. India and ASEAN: Assessing the Economic Partnership in the New Decade

    Temjenmeren Ao

    PART II: Major Pillars of Cooperation

    Trade and Investment

    4. ASEAN-India Economic Relations: The Unfolding of the Trade Sector

    Nida Rahman and Prabir De

    5. Agricultural Trade between India and ASEAN: Emerging Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

    Komal Biswal and Prabir De

    6. India-ASEAN Trade in Services: Prospects and Challenges

    Pralok Gupta

    7. India’s Possible Trade Alignment with the Southeast Asia: A General Equilibrium Analysis of Impacts on Carbon Emissions

    Archana Srivastava and Somesh K. Mathur

    8. Investment Relations between ASEAN and India

    Durairaj Kumarasamy

    9. Does Economic Freedom Influence the FDI-Growth Nexus in ASEAN Economies?

    Md Gyasuddin Ansari and Rudra Sensarma

    Production Networks

    10. ASEAN-India Global Value Chain Linkages: Trends and Opportunities

    Nida Rahman and Prabir De

    11. Emerging Value Chain Opportunities Post-COVID-19 and India-ASEAN Relations

    Rupa Chanda Connectivity

    12. Thirty Years of ASEAN-India Connectivity

    Prabir De

    13. Land Ports in India’s Northeast as Gateways to Southeast Asia

    Samridhi Bimal


    14. Next Generation Cultural Relations between ASEAN and India: A Multi-dimensional Matrix Framework

    Sabyasachi Dutta and Sreya Pan Mitra

    15. Cultural Ties between India and ASEAN in a Changing Era

    Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy

    16. Beyond Borderlines: Safeguarding and Preservation of Shared Intangible Cultural Heritage between ASEAN and India

    Rajesh Dey

    PART III: New Areas of Cooperation

    17. ASEAN-India Cooperation for an Equitable Global Economic Order

    Nitya Nanda

    18. ASEAN-India Cooperation: Towards the Digital Economy Decade

    Nida Rahman and Arpita Mukherjee

    19. ASEAN-India Cooperation and the Pandemic’s Push towards a Digital Economy: Impact and Policy Response

    Jayant Menon

    20. Dealing with Climate Change: Enhanced Opportunities for India-ASEAN’s Transition towards Net-Zero Economy

    Venkatachalam Anbumozhi

    21. Assessing ASEAN-India Future Cooperation Opportunities through the Sustainable Development


    Melinda Martinus

    22. Enhancing ASEAN-India Partnership in e-VBAB: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

    Sampa Kundu, Nida Rahman and Sreya Pan

    23. Teaching International Relations through e-VBAB in ASEAN: Some Thoughts on Engaging Public Universities

    Ishani Naskar

    24. ASEAN-India Cooperation in MSMEs

    Surendar Singh

    25. India and ASEAN: Transcending Traditional and Non-Traditional Security Dichotomy

    Sanjay Pulipaka

    26. India’s Development Partnership with IMT-GT: Identifying the Regional Cooperation Contours

    Prabir De, Sreya Pan and Nida Rahman

    PART IV: Way Forward

    27. ASEAN-India Cooperation in Strengthening Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA)

    Debesh Lahiri and Apila Sangtam

    28. Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI): Trade, Connectivity and Maritime Transport

    Prabir De

    29. ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI): Complementarities, Challenges and Opportunities

    Premesha Saha

    30. Emerging Global Order and ASEAN-India in Indo-Pacific

    Prabir De


    Prabir De, Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi.