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THE DISTANCE–PROXIMITY PARADOX: UNRAVELLING INDIA’s ASEAN POLICY OVER THREE DECADES

Tridib Chakraborti

The first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) India summit, which was held on 5 November 2002 in Cambodia, in accordance with the decision taken at the seventh ASEAN summit in Brunei Darussalam in November 2001, was a watershed event in the history between bilateral relations between India and Southeast Asia since the fall of the former Soviet Union. The significance of India as a new actor in the circuit of ASEAN’s economic, political and strategic process was a product of history of more than one decade. This process started in the early 1990s. The disintegration of the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1991 resulted in the emergence ...

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