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R-Day 2018: India to invite 10 ASEAN leaders as chief-guests

08 Jul 2017 | By Roma Das

On 69th Republic Day, India would invite 10 leaders from ASEAN-nations as chief-guests.

ASEAN has members like Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

It will be the first time that so many leaders would together be chief-guests in a parade which displays India's military strength.

Hosting the heads of 10 ASEAN nations is an exposition of India's 'Act East' policy.

In context: Republic Day 2018: India to host ASEAN leaders

08 Jul 2017R-Day 2018: India to invite 10 ASEAN leaders as chief-guests

'Act East' Policy: What is it?

India's Act East policy formerly known as the 'Look East' policy is an effort to cultivate extensive economic and strategic relations with the nations of Southeast Asia including Japan in order to counter the influence of China, and boost regional power.
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