Friday, February 9, 2018

India and Vietnam must create greater synergies

The Statesman

Image from article, with caption: Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyên Xuân Phúc and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The recent visit of the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyên Xuân Phúc to New Delhi to attend the Asean-India Commemorative Summit and participate in the Republic Day celebrations has added a new dimension to the bilateral engagement. If one looks closely at the intensity of India-Vietnam relations in the near past, one can easily decipher that it truly exemplifies a pro-active approach. In 2016, the two countries agreed to upgrade their level of engagement from being strategic partners to a “comprehensive strategic partnership”. ...
[F]ew common yet strategic instruments need utmost and continuous policy attention from both sides. ... A key impetus need to be given to public diplomacy as an instrument for “social connect” thereby encouraging people-to-people interactions. ...

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