Asean and India: Building bridges to the future

India and South-east Asia are already connected to each other by geography, history and culture. There is great potential to strengthen these links through greater trade flows and better connectivity, including in cyberspace.

Something unusual happened at India's 69th Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi, on Jan 26 this year.

Usually, the parade would have one chief guest, such as Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong in 1994. On this occasion, however, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited the 10 leaders of Asean to be the joint chief guests.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2018, with the headline 'Asean and India: Building bridges to the future ByInvitation'. Print Edition | Subscribe