Title: Modi's policy transition from Look East to Act East: a new initiative

Authors: Parshuram Sial

Addresses: Department of Political Science, Jawahar Lal Nehru College, Jharkhand-833102, India

Abstract: Modi's policy transition from Look East to Act East is a strategic driver for India and establishing as a powerful player in the East Asian region. India has great opportunities in forging new relations in trade and cultural cooperation with East Asian countries. East Asia and South East Asia are priority areas for economic and strategic reasons. Modi tries to integrate Indian economy with entire world focusing Yoga and Buddhism as a dynamic and action oriented cultural diplomacy. India has been paying keen attention on South China Sea and in the region without interfering. Though Modi's 'Act East' is based on economic and to follow more diplomatic, strategic and security interest in East and South East Asia. India is trying to be a major regional power through soft power strategy building cooperation in terms of energy and security.

Keywords: Look East; Act East; soft power; foreign policy; Xinjiang; China-Pakistan Economic Corridor; CPEC; One Belt One Road; OBOR; ASEAN; BIMSTEC; Silk Route.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2017.089730

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2017 Vol.5 No.3/4, pp.342 - 360

Available online: 31 Jan 2018

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