India - East Asia

Chronology from Jan 2019 to Dec 2019

: Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi visits Delhi for a combined session of the Delhi Dialogue XI and the Indian Ocean Dialogue VI as well as the sixth meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Commission.

: India and Australia hold a 2 + 2 Dialogue of their respective foreign and defense secretaries in New Delhi.

: Japan’s foreign and defense ministers, Motegi Toshimitsu and Kono Taro, visit India for the first India-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting with counterparts Jaishankar and Singh. A joint statement is issued.

: Jaishankar visits Japan to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting.

: Singh and Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen co-chair the fourth Singapore-India Defense Ministers’ Dialogue in Singapore. 

: Singh visits Bangkok to attend the 6thASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM+). On the sidelines, he meets US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark T Esper, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, Japanese Defense Minister Kono Taro, Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds, and New Zealand’s Defense Minister Ron Mark.

: Modi meets Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Bangkok.

: Modi meets Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related meetings in Bangkok.

: Modi meets Indonesia’s Widodo on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related meeting in Bangkok.

: Modi meets Thai Prime Minister M Prayut Chan-o-Cha on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related meetings in Bangkok.

: Modi meets Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Su Kyi on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related meetings in Bangkok.

: Modi visits Thailand for 14th East Asia Summit (EAS), 16th India-ASEAN Summit, and third RCEP Summit.

: Kovind makes a state visit to Japan for the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s new emperor.

: President Ram Nath Kovind makes a state visit to the Philippines on 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations—the first Indian presidential visit since 2006.

: Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping visits Chennai and meets Modi for the Second Informal Summit to “exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership.”

: Modi meets New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.

: Foreign ministers of the US, Japan, Australia, and India meet on sidelines of the UNGA in New York. They discuss collective efforts to advance a free, open, prosperous, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.

: Modi inaugurates the India-Pacific Islands Developing States (PSIDS) meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. Modi also invites PSIDS leaders to join Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).

: Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga makes a state visit to India.

: Jaishankar visits Singapore to co-chair 6th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) with counterpart Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

: Modi and Abe meet at the Vladivostok Eastern Economic Forum.

: Jaishankar visits Indonesia to discuss the two countries’ Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and a Shared Vision on Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

: Singh meets counterpart in South Korea. They agree to further defense educational exchanges and extend logistical support to each other’s navies and discuss “the ongoing co-operation at Service-to-Service level and prospects for enhanced co-operation between defense industries of India and Korea.” Singh invites South Korean defense manufacturing companies to invest in India.

: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visits Japan to co-chair the annual defense ministerial dialogue. Joint statement highlights six focus areas for further cooperation.

: Jaishankar visits China to co-chair, with State Counselor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the second meeting of the India-China High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges.

: Jaishankar travels to Thailand to attend ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting, the 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (EAS FMM), 26th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Ministerial Meeting.

: Modi has brief “pull aside” meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on sidelines of G20 Summit.

: Modi meets Indonesian President Joko Widodo on sidelines of G20 Summit.

: Modi attends 14th G20 Summit in Osaka. India identifies only one security issue in its press release: “countering terrorism.”

: Modi meets Trump separately following the JIA Summit.

: Modi meets President Donald Trump and Abe in a trilateral format called the Japan-India-America Trilateral Summit Meeting (JIA) in Osaka.

: Modi meets Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Osaka.

: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu visits Vietnam to give a keynote address at the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak Celebration (Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death).

: Swaraj travels to China for the 16th meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China.

: Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a state visit to the Republic of Korea to strengthen the special strategic partnership. Six MoUs are signed ranging from the release of commemorative postage stamp to an agreement between India’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Korea’s National Police on transnational crime cooperation.

: Mongolian Foreign Minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar visits India for consultations with counterpart External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

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