chapter  10
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Understanding India’s engagement with the Asia Pacific

There is no single template for understanding India’s strategic engagement with the Asia Pacific. Since the end of the Cold War, India has been feeling its way forward in developing a role in the region through strategic relationships with key partners. India has not articulated any ‘grand strategy’ in the Asia Pacific and seems unlikely to do so in the near future. Nevertheless it is possible to identify key themes underlying India’s engagement with the region. These include:

the economic integration of India with the Asia Pacific; balancing China; achieving strategic autonomy and a multipolar regional order; the recognition of India’s proper status in the region; and expanding India’s strategic space into Southeast Asia.