Modi’s Upcoming Visit To the ASEAN and East Asia Summit Is Keenly Awaited
Nov. 8, 2014 (EIRNS)–Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the Nov. 11-12 Summit of the ASEAN and the East Asia Summit at Nay Pyi Daw, the capital of Myanmar. The visit has generated a great deal of interest not only because it will be attended by many world leaders, but it will precede his visit to Brisbane to attend the G20 meeting where he is expected to meet the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines.
The visit is also generated a great deal of interest in Myanmar. Myanmar is of particular importance to India since Modi has adopted the “Act Asia” policy to develop connectivity with its Asian neighbors. Myanmar is the land link to India’s economic and trade foray into ASEAN. India is already engaged in a number of projects in Myanmar and those include the Kaladan Multi-Modal transport project, which will connect Kolkata with Myanmar’s Sittwe port, and the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway.
These upcoming highest-level meetings, which include Modi’s meetings in Brisbane, and with other leaders in Nay Pyi Daw, are expected to focus particularly on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) among the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)–Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam–and six other states with which ASEAN has existing FTAs, Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and New Zealand. India has already extended its support to the RCEP.