Navigating the Indo-Pacific: The Evolving Strategic Partnership Between India and Southeast Asia

May 22, 2024

Presented by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and SFU’s Department of Political Science and SFU's David Lam Centre.

As a champion of a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific,’ India is rapidly emerging as a vital partner to some Southeast Asian countries. While historical and cultural ties buttress this relationship, the present moment of closeness is bolstered by a shared strategic imperative to counterbalance China, growing economic synergies, and maritime co-operation.

This panel of experts, convened jointly by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Simon Fraser University, will delve into the complexities of forging robust partnerships in the Indo-Pacific against the backdrop of expanding great power rivalries. The objective will be to unpack and explore the intersections of security, economic interests, and the pursuit of a rules-based international order.

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