The ASEAN Summit has already commenced as India plays host to the leaders from 10 South East Asian countries. The summit would underscore issues like navigation freedom, cyber security, terrorism and climate change. It will also revolve around 3 Cs: connectivity, culture, commerce. The trilateral highway, starting from Manipur, that would connect India to Thailand via Myanmar is already under construction. A copious emphasis would also be on forging and improving connectivity among these nations.
Our neighbouring country, Pakistan, would seethe with enmity and annoyance to watch proliferating proximity between India and other nations in terms of diplomacy, trade and bonhomie. ASEAN Summit would bring things to head for Pakistan, who was recently shamed and abysmally discomfited by the U.S. as the latter catapulted accusation of ‘deceiving’ America, on the former. Pakistan has been deceiving America by using the American aid to help Taliban terrorists who America has been hunting, said Trump in a tweet on the eve of New Year. This new year turned out to be ill-omened for Pakistani Government as problems seem to be pouring in since then. Pakistan, rattled by America’s decision to stop giving aid to Pakistan, is now under galactic pressure to do something about all the extremist and terror groups to which it has been providing financial & military aid, and most importantly, safe abodes to operate from. Owing to this burgeoning pressure, it is imperative for Pakistan to do everything that it takes to put down the allegations, which, it thinks, are fallacious. The palpable tension building between the U.S. and Pakistan has brought an advantageous opportunity for India. Ostensibly, for India, things look perfect. Instead of being blithe about Pakistan being cornered by the U.S., India must try to strengthen its relations with other nations, especially in South Asia, and exert even more geopolitical pressure on Pakistan until it succumbs.