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Association of Southeast Asian Countries was formed on 8th August 1967 among the 10 cooperative Southeast Asian countries to propagate and establish regional peace, cultural development and economic cooperation between them. This cultural, economic and social organisation was headquartered at Jakarta, Indonesia. This international organisation keeps its meetings among the member states through summits where the heads of the member countries discuss the internal issues between them and prepare way to take it ahead; also various issues to strengthen nexus between other countries to propagate international peace. This international association has various sections that are governed by its secretary general appointed by the organisation to carry out its aims and objectives. The present secretary-General of ASEAN is Surit Pinsuwan who takes the liability to execute the projects of the association.
New Delhi, June 12 (ANI): A perusal of the pages of the Asian Strategic Review of this year will enable us, particularly our policy makers, to understand how important it is for India to develop strategic ties with other countries of the region. The volume surveys the developments in South Asia, China, South-east and East Asia, West Asia, and the impact of U.S. and Russia on countries of the region.
Kuala Lumpur, June 7 (IANS) Malaysia's exports recorded a 3.3 percent drop in April, mainly due to decreased exports to its major trading partner like China and Japan, according to the external trade figure released Friday.
New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) India supports the freedom of navigation in accordance with the principles of international laws, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Thursday and offered to discuss with Thailand possible areas of cooperation in defence producution.
Canberra/New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony, visiting Australia, met his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith over two days to discuss shared strategic and security interests, including maritime security and bilateral defence cooperation.
Perth/Canberra (Australia), June 5 (ANI): Defence Ministers of India and Australia-A K Antony and Stephen Smith have agreed to continue and enhance bilateral defence consultations and cooperation, besides discussing issues concerning the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions in bilateral and multilateral fora.
On Board PM's Special Aircraft, May 31 (IANS) Describing his visits to Japan and Thailand as "highly successful", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said India's "Look East" policy could benefit the northeastern states to a great extent.
On May 23, Colombia´s President Juan Manuel Santos took a leaf out of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping´s book. Host to the Pacific Alliance (Alianza del Pacifico) in the salubrious city of Cali, he inaugurated the VII summit with the words: ''The Asian Pacific is the new global pole for development and Latin America wants to be a partner. He spoke on behalf of his three partners in the Alliance - the Presidents of Mexico, Chile and Peru.
Bangkok, May 30 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said India and Thailand will together work to promote regional economic integration and connectivity, and the evolution of an open, balanced and rule-based regional architecture, anchored in ASEAN centrality.
Bangkok, May 30 (ANI): India and Thailand have reiterated their strong support for the ongoing reform of the United Nations and its principal organs with a view to making the United Nations more democratic, transparent and efficient so that it can deal more effectively with the myriad challenges of the contemporary world.
Bangkok, May 30 (ANI): In order to further create a supportive atmosphere for trade and investment promotion as well as to facilitate travel of business persons of both countries, India and Thailand have agreed to provide fast track business visa service to the qualified entrepreneurs of each other's countries.
Bangkok, May 30 (ANI): India and Thailand on Thursday signed the extradition treaty, which provides the legal framework for seeking extradition of fugitive offenders, including those involved in terrorism, transnational crimes, economic offences etc.
Bangkok, May 30 (ANI): Asserting that the cooperation between the two nations is growing in multiple dimensions and each area holds enormous potential, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said Thailand was also the springboard for India's engagement with Southeast and East Asia and remains the vital link in our Look East Policy and our strategic partnership with ASEAN.
New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday said that he proposed to invigorate India's relations with Japan in the political, security and energy spheres.
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday, in statement before his departure on a three-day visit to Japan, said that he proposed to invigorate India's relations with Japan in the political, security and energy spheres.
Thiruvananthapuram, May 15 (IANS) The Kerala government will promote the state's coconut water-based drink "Neera" as a non-alcoholic health drink, Excise Minister K. Babu said Wednesday.
Washington, May 8 (IANS) With Pakistan arming itself with nuclear-capable cruise missiles with stealth capabilities, a new dimension has been added to India's maritime security challenges that will contribute to the changing strategic environment in South Asia, a leading Indian defence expert said here.
Washington, May 8 (IANS) With Pakistan arming itself with nuclear capable cruise missiles with stealth capabilities, a new dimension has been added to India's maritime security challenges, says leading Indian defence expert retired Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar.
Beijing, Apr. 25 (Xinhua-ANI): ASEAN leaders Thursday reaffirmed their full support for all efforts to bring about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the early resumption of the Six-party Talks.
New Delhi, April 23 (ANI): Describing as robust the India-ASEAN trade in goods, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said India seeks to have stronger ties with the bloc through joint development programmes in infrastructure and human resource development.
Beijing, April 10 (IANS) China's foreign trade growth continued to gain traction in the first quarter, indicating that the world's second-largest economy is firming up.
Yangon, April 3 (IANS) Myanmar and Indonesia are making efforts to promote the trade volume, which is targeted to reach up to $1 billion in 2016, official media reported Wednesday.
Shillong, March 21 (IANS) India's former ambassador to South Korea Skand Ranjan Tayal Thursday said the time was favourable to conceptualise and implement a regional approach involving India, Myanmar and Bangladesh for the growth of north-eastern states.
Kuala Lumpur, March 21 (IANS) The member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should further boost investment to weather uncertainties of the current global economic climate, said its deputy secretary-general Lim Hong Hin Thursday.
Washington, March 15 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry will make his first trip to Asia next month with stops in South Korea, Japan and China, the State Department said.
Washington, March 12 (IANS) Describing forging deeper partnerships with emerging powers as a key pillar of US strategy for the Asia-Pacific, a top aide of President Barack Obama says Washington not just accepts, but fervently supports India's rise.
New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) If India wants its northeast to benefit from the much publicised Look East Policy, it must bring top leaders of south east Asia to that region and encourage dialogue and discussion there, says Surin Pitsuwan, till recently the secretary-general of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Beijing, March 9 (IANS) China's trade with neighbouring countries exceeded the total that China had with Europe and the US to reach $1.2 trillion last year, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here Saturday.
Hanoi, March 5 (IANS) Vietnam and Russia here Tuesday held ministerial-level talks to raise bilateral defence ties to a new height.
New Delhi, Mar 1 (IANS) A proposal to extend the visa-on-arrival scheme to 16 countries was submitted Friday by Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, the tourism ministry said.
Seoul, Ma Mar 1 (IANS) India and South Korea have held discussions over emerging dynamics of global and regional security, cooperation in cyber security, defence and space sectors and reviewing bialteral ties.
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) A new dynamic was added to the expanding India-ASEAN partnership with the conclusion of the two-day Delhi Dialogue V here Feb 19-20.
New Delhi, Feb. 21 (ANI): Emphasizing that India attaches the highest priority to relations with its immediate neighbours, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said New Delhi has made progress towards normalization of relations, strengthening mechanisms for bilateral trade and facilitating greater people-to-people contact with Pakistan.
Beijing, Feb 8 (IANS) China's foreign trade surged 26.7 percent year-on-year in January to 2.17 trillion yuan ($345.59 billion), said authorities Friday.
New Delhi, Feb 1 (ANI): Commerce Secretary S R Rao today inaugurated 'India's Trade Portal', which has been developed to facilitate country's exporters in trading which may result in the expansion of trade.
Brussels, Jan 31 (IANS) Relationships with the US, Russia, the ASEAN, Africa and the European Union (EU) are the pillars on which India's foreign policy stands today, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said here Thursday.
Agra, Jan 29 (IANS) The ASEAN+6 Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement should transform the region by higher economic growth through more cross-border trade and investment, a minister from Vietnam said here Tuesday.
Agra Jan 29 (IANS) South Asian countries need to learn from the best practices of other regional blocs such as NAFTA and ASEAN that have taken intra-regional trade to greater heights, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said here Tuesday.
Manila, Jan 29 (IANS) The Philippines is trying to win US support for its move to bring territorial disputes with China to international arbitration, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said Tuesday.
Agra, Jan 28 (ANI): Taking the theme of employment generation forward, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has said that there is a serious challenge for policy makers to provide enough jobs in the manufacturing and services industry to absorb these people and to impart adequate skill sets to make them employable.
Agra, Jan 28 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has said that coordination among major economies would redefine the contours of the global economy.
Jakarta, Jan 22 (IANS) Indian chemical companies are looking at forming joint ventures with Indonesian firms as they look to expand business in Southeast Asia.
Jakarta, Jan 22 (IANS) A 50-member-delegation of Indian chemical industry representatives, visiting Indonesia to explore possibilities of joint ventures, has signed many deals with Indonesian companies.
New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Asserting that bilateral relations between India and Australia has shown steady progress over time with consolidation of its strategic partnership through expansion and deepening of cooperation in various sectors, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said both nations will continue to build upon these and also in new areas of cooperation.
Guwahati, Jan 21 (ANI): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has advocated early reopening of the historic Stillwell road along with speedy air and railway communication networks to re-establish trade links between South East Asian nations and North East India.
Guwahati, Jan 19 (ANI): In all 450 cultural ambassadors of eight NE states and West Bengal in their best traditional attires presented a unity dance to the tune of a melodious number spelling magic among the participating foreign delegates that marked the beginning of the three-day International Trade Mart-2013 at Sarusajai stadium here today.
Itanagar, Jan .17 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh has added another feather to its wings after being voted the 'Favourite Upcoming Destination' by a travel magazine.
Hanoi, Jan. 15 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said Vietnam has emerged as a regional power in South-East Asia with political stability and a dynamic economy.
New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) Vice President Hamid Ansari is travelling to Vietnam on a four-day visit from Jan 14 as part of events marking 40 years of India-Vietnam friendship and the fifth year of their strategic partnership.
New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) Multicultural India is planning to pitch faith tourism by developing more religious tourist circuits to attract foreign footfalls and encourage greater domestic travelling that has seen double digit growth in recent years benefiting the local economy.
New Delhi, Jan 4 (ANI): Minister of State for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi has said that India as a part of its the look east policy is sparing no effort to add more content to its 'strategic partnership' with Vietnam, in the fields of defence, economic, scientific-educational and cultural cooperation.
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) The number of foreign tourist arrivals in the country in 2012 (till November) increased by nearly six per cent over the same period in 2011, the tourism ministry said Monday.
Guwahati, Dec. 27 (ANI): The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) organised a visit of a troupe from Vietnam recently to Guwahati Assam to strengthen the ties between India and Vietnam.
Phnom Penh, Dec 27 (IANS) Cambodia and Thailand Thursday launched a single visa scheme for tourists, the Cambodian foreign ministry said. Indians are among people from 35 countries who are eligible for this visa.
Guwahati, Dec. 26 (ANI): Enthusiastic and adventure loving car rally drivers recently took part in the ASEAN-India Car Rally-2012, a journey covering eight ASEAN nations.
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) The government Wednesday extended interest subsidy for some labour-intensive industries such as handicrafts, texiles, readymade garments till March 2014 in a bid to boost their sluggish exports.
Yangon, Dec 24 (IANS) Myanmar has reaffirmed its pledge to boost ASEAN-India relations and close cooperation with other member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Cracking jokes, loudly singing songs, laughing together at meal time - it was a reinventing of their age-old cultural and civilizational links as Indian and ASEAN car rally drivers vroomed their way through nine countries to highlight their close ties.
Phnom Penh, Dec 22 (IANS) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen asked for $57 million concessional loan from India for two development projects and urged India to consider direct flights to Cambodia.
New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) One of the wealthiest men on earth, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussulam, loves flying so much that he captained his huge Boeing 747 aircraft to New Delhi, as he did on his previous visit to India in 2008.
New Delhi, Dec.21 (ANI): The India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit began in New Delhi with participating nations vowing to step up cooperation on maritime security, a move that comes amid tension with China in the potentially oil- and gas-rich South China Sea.
New Delhi, Dec.21 (ANI): A summit between India and ASEAN began in New Delhi with the hope of signing an upgraded free trade agreement.
New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) For the heads of state, government and even a sultan, it was the finest in Indian cuisine that was on offer at Taj Palace Hotel where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur hosted a luncheon in honour of ASEAN leaders here Friday.
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh commenting over the growing relationship between India and ASEAN countries said, "India -ASEAN relations are at an exciting stage".......................
New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) After travelling nearly 8,000 km through nine countries, the ASEAN-India car rally was flagged in by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Indian capital Friday, marking a "new journey of closer cooperation and a deeper strategic partnership" through increased connectivity.
New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said India and ASEAN have embarked on a new journey of closer cooperation and deeper ties for peace, progress and prosperity of the region, and the world at large.
In the move to enhance trading relationship to South East Asian countries, India Friday is set to sign on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)..............
New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Larik dancers from Indonesia swayed with kathak dancers from India, dudang dudang dancers from Brunei joined rhythm with India's famed kuchipudi artists while the Myanmarese did a cultural synthesis with Laotians. Various song and dance traditions representing 10 ASEAN countries fused in a rich cultural medley to celebrate the common cultural space and civilisation they have shared for over two millennia.
New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): India is set to sign an agreement on free trade in services and investment with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which could enhance trade up to $100 billion by 2015.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Amid appeals by some Southeast Asian countries to New Delhi to play a role in resolving the South China Sea, a cautious India Thursday rejected intervention, saying the issue of sovereignty must be resolved by countries which are party to the dispute.
Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Dec. 20 (ANI): Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is in India to attend the India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit, visited the sacred Buddhist Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Unveiling the vision of a resurgent and integrated Asia, India and the 10-nation ASEAN Thursday declared the conclusion of negotiations on a FTA in services and investments and upgraded their ties to a strategic partnership that includes closer cooperation in political, economic and security areas.
New Delhi, Dec. 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the conclusion of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in services and investment represents a valuable milestone in the ASEAN-India relationship.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) India Thursday called for intensifying political and security negotiations with the 10-member ASEAN as the partnership was elevated to a strategic level.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) India and the 10-nation ASEAN grouping Thursday robustly backed freedom of navigation, but New Delhi treaded cautiously on the South China Sea dispute, saying the issue of sovereignty should be resolved by the countries which claim disputes areas of the sea, including China.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The free trade agreement (FTA) in services and investment, that India and 10 ASEAN countries finalised after intense negotiations Thursday, creates one of the world's biggest free trade areas with a market of around 1.8 billion people and a combined gross domestic product of $2.8 trillion.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) India and the 10-member ASEAN grouping, which together comprise a region of 1.8 billion people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion, Thursday elevated their relationship to a strategic partnership.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) India and the 10-member ASEAN Thursday successfully concluded negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement in services and investments, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hoped the strategic partnership would "serve for the next decade and beyond".
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Thursday met leading industrialists in Gurgaon and discussed investment and business tie-ups with them.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) India and the 10-member ASEAN grouping Thursday successfully concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement in services and investments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here at a commemorative summit marking 20 years of India's partnership with the important regional bloc.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak met his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Thursday and sought closer cooperation in security and economic sphere ahead of the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership summit.
Singapore, Dec 20 (IANS) India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have largely resolved their differences and are close to striking an upgraded free trade agreement, a media report Thursday quoted Singapore's Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang as saying.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will receive the visiting heads of State of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Its being called a commemorative summit, but it's more of a celebratory gathering. India and the 10-member ASEAN - its neighbours in the southeast - are set to take their ties to a strategic level at a two-day summit beginning here Thursday - a relationship that has been on a growth trajectory for the past 20 years and has witnessed "really no problem areas".
New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India and the 10-member ASEAN - its neighbours in the southeast - are set to take their close ties to a significantly higher level at a two-day commemorative summit beginning here Thursday - a relationship that has been on a growth trajectory for the past 20 years and has witnessed "really no problem areas".
New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will receive the visiting heads of state/government of the ASEAN-India Special Commemorative Summit at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Thursday.
New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will receive the ASEAN leadership at Rashtrapati Bhavan Thursday when they arrive in the capital to participate in the ASEAN-India Special Commemorative Summit, an official statement from the president's office said Wednesday.
New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India and the 10-nation ASEAN will hold a two-day commemorative summit starting Thursday that is expected to culminate in a free trade agreement in services and a vision document on scaling up ties across diverse areas, including trade, energy, security and cultural connectivity.
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) India and 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) are expected to conclude negotiations on a free trade agreement on services and investment Wednesday, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said Tuesday.
Manila, Dec 18 (IANS) The Philippine government Tuesday urged Filipino exporters to look for opportunities in India amid slowdown in key markets like the US and Europe and the existing trade agreement between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and India.
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has signed a pact with Cambodia's Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (FASMEC) in a move towards boosting ties with an ancient trading partner, the industry lobby said here Monday.
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) A concept of Asia as one entity, linked by road, rail and sea, is taking shape and India is contributing towards it by undertaking to build highways and bridges in neighbouring Myanmar.
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Dec. 7 (ANI): Participants of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Car Rally 2012 received a warm welcome as they reached Vietnam in the sixth leg on Thursday.
New Delhi, Dec.7 (ANI): Rashtrapati Bhavan's historic Durbar Hall has been given a facelift and has been reopened for public viewing.
New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) Delhiites may face traffic chaos during the three-day India-ASEAN summit during which much movement of VVIP state guests and their motorcades is expected.
London, Dec 1 (ANI): ASEAN head Surin Pitsuwan has expressed concerns that China's plan to board ships in disputed areas of the South China Sea could escalate tensions in the region.
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) With power games intensifying in the wake of the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 2014, India and the US have decided to develop an economic development?focused agenda to stabilise the country.
New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) The Asean?India car rally kicked off Monday from Yogyakarta in Indonesia, marking the close links between India and the 10?nation grouping.
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): India and Singapore have agreed to further enhance the bilateral defence relationship in the mutual interest of both countries, as it would contribute to regional peace and stability.
New Delhi, Nov.20 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, returned home on Tuesday night after attending the 10th ASEAN-India and the Seventh East Asia Summits in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Beijing, Nov 20 (IANS) China's outbound direct investment (ODI) in non?financial sectors surged 25.8 percent year on year to $58.17 billion during the first 10 months of 2012, according to figures released by the commerce ministry Tuesday.