India - East Asia

Chronology from Jan 2018 to Dec 2018

: China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi travels to India for the third High-Level Media Forum.

: South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha visits New Delhi for the ninth meeting of the India-ROK Joint Commission.

: President Kovind makes a state visit to Myanmar during which the two countries issue a joint statement.

: EAM Swaraj co-chairs the ninth India-Laos Joint Commission Meeting on Bilateral Cooperation in Vientiane.

: President Kovind visits Australia, the first-ever visit by an Indian president.

: India’s President Ram Nath Kovind visits Vietnam.

: PM Modi travels to Singapore for the second RCEP Summit, 16th ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit and the 13th ASEAN Summit.

: PM Modi travels to Japan and meets PM Abe Shinzo.

: President Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in New Delhi for annual India-Russia summit.

: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis and  Minister of External Affairs Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman meet in New Delhi to conduct the first US-India 2+2 Dialogue.

: EAM Swaraj makes her first official visit to Cambodia.

: EAM Swaraj visits Vietnam to co-chair the 16th Joint Commission meeting and inaugurate the third Indian Ocean Conference.

: South Korean President Moon Jae-in makes a state visit to India.

: India’s Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Vietnam.

: PM Modi visits Qingdao, China to attend the SCO Summit. He also meets separately with President Xi.

: PM Modi makes his second official visit to Singapore including delivering the keynote speech at the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue.

: Pm Modi makes a brief visit to Kuala Lumpur to meet Malaysia’s newly-elected PM Mahathir Mohammad.

: PM Modi visits Indonesia, his first since becoming prime minister in 2014.

: EAM Swaraj travels to Myanmar to discuss “boundary and border related issues, peace & security matters, developments in the Rakhine State, including return of displaced persons, India’s development assistance to Myanmar, ongoing projects, and other issues of mutual interest.”

: Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to China for the so-called “Wuhan Informal Summit.”

: EAM Swaraj visits Mongolia, the first by an Indian EAM in 42 years, to co-chair the sixth round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee (IMJCC) meeting.

: EAM Swaraj visits Beijing to meet State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers.

: EAM Swaraj visits Tokyo to co-chair the ninth India-Japan Strategic Dialogue. In her remarks to the press, Swaraj refers to many aspects of India-Japan relations but does not mention defense or military ties.

: Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang makes a state visit to India during which MoUs are signed to enhance trade and economic relations, technical agriculture cooperation, and cooperation on peaceful uses of atomic energy.

: Leaders of the 10 ASEAN countries visit New Delhi for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on the occasion of India’s 69th Republic Day of India.

: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes a state visit to India during which four agreements of cooperation ranging from culture to water resource development and criminal matters and human trafficking were signed.

: India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj visits Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore. In Indonesia, Swaraj co-chairs the fifth India-Indonesia Joint Commission meeting and greets new ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi.

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