India - East Asia

Chronology from Jan 2016 to Dec 2016

: Indonesia’s Prime Minister Joko Widodo makes a state visit to India.

: Prime Minister Modi makes a state visit to Japan.

: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key makes a state visit to India.

: President Xi Jinping of China travels to Goa to attend the 8th BRICS Summit and for a bilateral meeting with PM Modi.

: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong makes an official visit to India.

: Prime Minister Modi travels to Vientiane, Laos for the 11th East Asia Summit and 14th India-ASEAN Summit.

: Prime Minister Modi travels to Hangzhou for the G20 Summit. On the sidelines, he meets President Xi, attends a BRICS meeting in preparation for the India-hosted BRICS Summit, and meets Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

: Prime Minister Modi visits Vietnam.

: US Secretary of State John Kerry visits India for the second US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.

: Myanmar President Htin Kyaw makes a state visit to India.

: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits India for consultations and preparations for the BRICS Summit in Goa.

: Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Ahmad Zahid Bin Hamidi visits India to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

: Vice President Ansari visits Mongolia for the Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM).

: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha makes a state visit to India. A joint statement is issued at the conclusion of the visit.

: President Mukherjee makes a state visit to China – his first as president and the first from India since 2000.

: President Mukherjee visits New Zealand and signs a bilateral air services agreement to increase direct connectivity between the two countries.

: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee makes the first-ever state visit to Papua New Guinea during which he declares that India “consider[s] our co-operation with the Islands of the Pacific to be a key component of our Act East Policy.” He expresses a diplomatic interest in PNG’s regional role, LNG resources, and offers to assist PNG coastal radar surveillance systems, coastal patrol vessels and assistance to secure EEZs, which PNG accepts.

: Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren visits India for the fifth meeting of the India-Mongolia Joint Committee on Cooperation.

: Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar visits Beijing, the first such visit since 2013 by his predecessor.

: Timor-Leste Foreign Minister Hernani Coelho visits India for consultations with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

: India hosts Delhi Dialogue VIII, bringing together Indian and Southeast Asia officials and experts.

: Vice President Hamid Ansari becomes the first Indian vice president to visit Thailand in 50 years. He meets government officials and members of the royal family, and delivers an address on India’s Act East Policy at Chulalongkorn University. Thailand is India’s fourth most important trading partner in ASEAN after Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

: Vice President Hamid Ansari visits Brunei, becoming the first Indian Vice President to visit the country. Brunei’s importance to India derives from a 10,000-strong Indian community (mostly working as teachers and doctors), the country’s support for India’s stance on Jammu and Kashmir, support for a permanent UNSC seat, and a major source of crude oil (India is Brunei’s third largest export destination).

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