Warning To China Or Flawed Strategy? – Analysis – Eurasia Review

By Augustine R.

In November 2021, it will be seven years since Prime Minister Modi recast India’s Look East Policy (LEP) as the Act East Policy (AEP) at the 2014 East Asia Summit in Myanmar to counter China’s strategic designs, as well as foster greater physical and economic connectivity between India’s northeastern region (NER) and mainland India and Southeast Asia. The rhetorical switch from “look” to “act” could be interpreted as sarcastic, implying that his predecessor, Manmohan Singh’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, suffered from passivity and policy paralysis, resulting in a failure to effectively address China’s threat and India’s maritime engagement with Southeast Asia.

Prime Minister Modi has gone to great lengths to outwit China’s President Xi Jinping, making a flurry of visits around the world, including to Southeast Asian (SEA)…

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