While New Delhi and Tokyo have identified regional cooperation across the Indo-Pacific as a major objective of their bilateral partnership, cooperation with ASEAN remains at the heart of their Indo-Pacific approach. 

Carnegie India, in partnership with Pallavan Learning Systems, hosted a day-long seminar, which reviewed current regional economic and security cooperation among India, Japan, and ASEAN nations. The seminar brought together experts from the region to identify possible collaborations in maritime security and regional connectivity corridors, as well as the scope for trilateral cooperation with Vietnam and Indonesia.

 

AGENDA

10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Registration and Welcome Tea

10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Inaugural Session: India-Japan-ASEAN: Future of the Indo-Pacific

  • Kenji Hiramatsu, ambassador of Japan to India
  • Chutintorn Gongsakdi, ambassador of Thailand to India
  • Preeti Saran, former secretary (east) in the Ministry of External Affairs, India
  • Moderator: Srinath Raghavan, senior fellow at Carnegie India

11:45 to 12:45 p.m.

Promoting Maritime Security Cooperation in the Region

  • Lee YingHui, senior analyst for the maritime security program at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
  • Jagannath P. Panda, research fellow and coordinator of the East Asia Center at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses
  • Darshana M. Baruah, associate director and senior research analyst at Carnegie India
  • Moderator: Anil Chopra, member of the National Security Advisory Board of India

12:45 to 2:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 to 3:15 p.m.

Enhancing Regional Infrastructure and Connectivity

  • Kenichi Yokoyama, country director of the India Resident Mission at the Asian Development Bank
  • Surat Horachaikul, founding director of the Indian Studies Centre at Chulalongkorn University
  • Niruban Balachandran, program management for the Governance Global Practice at The World Bank
  • Titli Basu, associate fellow at the East Asia Center at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses
  • Moderator: Shakti Sinha, director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Exploring Possible Trilateral Cooperation

  • Thuy T. Do, vice dean of the faculty of international politics and diplomacy at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
  • Rani D. Mullen, visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore
  • Sanjay Pulipaka, senior fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
  • Moderator: Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, distinguished fellow and head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation

4:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks

5:00 p.m.

Reception

 

Speakers

Kenji Hiramatsu is the ambassador of Japan to India. 

Chutintorn Gongsakdi is the ambassador of Thailand to India.

Preeti Saran is former secretary (east) in the Ministry of External Affairs of India.

Srinath Raghavan is a senior fellow at Carnegie India.

Lee YingHui is a senior analyst for the maritime security program at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Jagannath P. Panda is a research fellow and coordinator of the East Asia Center at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses.

Darshana M. Baruah is the associate director and senior research analyst at Carnegie India.

Anil Chopra is a member of the National Security Advisory Board of India.

Kenichi Yokoyama is the country director of the India Resident Mission at the Asian Development Bank.

Surat Horachaikul is the founding director of the Indian Studies Centre at Chulalongkorn University.

Niruban Balachandran is responsible for program management for the Governance Global Practice at The World Bank.

Titli Basu is an associate fellow at the East Asia Center at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses.

Shakti Sinha is the director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

Thuy T. Do is the vice dean of the faculty of international politics and diplomacy at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

Rani D. Mullen is a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Sanjay Pulipaka is a senior fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan is a distinguished fellow and the head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation.