Looking east: India and Russia in the Asia-Pacific

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Two states in the Asian region – one an emerging power, the other a former superpower – have staked claims to be major actors in the Asia-Pacific. In an era of globalization and complex economic and military interdependence, it is no longer possible to make the artificial and arbitrary distinction between the ‘East Asian hemisphere’, and South Asia, Central Asia or Russian North Asia. Russia has long been an Asian, Pacific and European power, while India has developed into South Asia's regional hegemon. In the post-Cold War era, both countries have become increasingly enmeshed in the political and institutional structures of the Asia-Pacific; for example, Russia was a foundation signatory to the Shanghai Five agreement (1996), and entered the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 1998, while both Russia and India are members of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Moscow and New Delhi were longstanding partners throughout much of the Cold War, while Beijing and New Delhi have gravitated towards cautious détente in the last decade. In 2009, three of Asia's major powers, Russia, India and China, held the first BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) summit, with South Africa acceding in 2010. In 2016, India hosted the eighth BRICS summit in Goa, inviting the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) members to attend a joint BRICS-BIMSTEC meeting for the first time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Global Politics of the Asia-Pacific
Subtitle of host publicationA Conflict and Cooperation in the Asian Century
EditorsMichael K. Connors, Remy Davison, Jorn Dosch
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781315625669
ISBN (Print)9781138189577, 9781138647022
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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