A hope built in Singapore

So this is a serious situation in itself. In such a situation, on which basis he can expect from the countries of the world to support or liberalize themselves in any case. So if the United Nations has expressed concern in human rights violations of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, then it is natural. As a step forward, a UN committee has passed a resolution against the constant violation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims. It has been clearly stated that Myanmar’s army is still being tortured by the Rohingya community and itself is involved in crimes like murder and rape. For the last several years, many countries in the world have expressed concern over this issue and have clearly criticized the Myanmar government. It was also reflected in the vote on the UN resolution, When only 142 countries voted in favor of it and only 10 countries voted against it. Among the countries voting in support of this proposal, Bangladesh is also included, which has sheltered more than one million Rohingya Muslims.
Obviously, after seeing the tragedy of Rohiniya run out of Myanma and outside there, there is a public opinion against him around the world. But it is ironic that despite all the criticisms and questions, the Myanmar government and its army do not feel it necessary to reconsider their stand. The condition is that instead of considering the latest proposal of the United Nations and making any self-opinion on its attitude, the ambassador of Myanmar has termed it as politically motivated, unilateral and discriminatory. The question is, can only be ignored by the argument of responding to extremist attacks and not targeting citizens, which is standing as a major tragedy? Does it really matter for Myanmar that since the beginning of this problem, millions of people had to flee the country so far and have to run because of their identity as Rohingya Muslims?
After all, in such a large number of people have to take shelter in other countries to save lives, then what is the answer to this? Who is responsible for organizing attacks on the Rohingya community within the Myanmar border and for the widespread violence? If any army of any country is in need, it also conducts internal vulnerabilities and takes action against the culprits. But on the contrary, why is it that the Myanmar army has been accused of involvement in rioting, tyranny, murder and rape? How can Myanma claim that there is no respect for democracy in it, due to such circumstances and the army’s attitude? It is necessary that in view of the worries of the world community, in the interest of the mind, in the interest of the Rohingya community, the sensitive attitude of the problem is adopted. When such situations become transformed into racial violence, it causes a widespread loss of whole humanity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Singapore last week to participate in the meeting of the East Asia Summit, ASEAN-India informal meeting and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). In addition to attending the Singapore Finitech Festival he became the first head of such government, who has received the honor of addressing this biggest event of ‘Financial Technology’. Here he launches banking technology which has been prepared for the two billion people around the world who do not even have a bank account.
Nonetheless, it was in the changing Indo-Pacific (Hind-Pacific) sector that covered the geo-politics and geo-economics, which was also at the center of most of the Prime Minister’s programs. Talk about RCEP only, about 40 percent of global businesses are in these countries. It has 16 member countries- 10 ASEAN countries and the rest of India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. These countries are in the efforts to make a free trade zone together. Of course this is an ambitious plan, and soon there is talk of consensus on this, even though it has got entangled with many cases. Things started to happen in 2013, but its progress slowed. However now the protectionist policies of the Trump administration have given a new impetus to the discussion on this. In such, The hope is that the treaty will be worn in the next year. India has also faced difficulties in formulating RCEP in domestic politics and it is likely that a tough decision on tariff reduction will be taken only after the general elections next year.
In the East Asia Summit, India discussed issues related to smart cities, IT, communications, maritime cooperation and terrorism with 17 other leaders joining. East Asia Conference has now emerged as the most important multilateral framework in the Indo-Pacific region, in which every partner country participates and listen to each other every year. Apart from 10 ASEAN countries, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, US and Russia are its member countries. This conference also gives India the best platform to keep its achievements in front of everyone as an important partner of regional development. In this year’s East Asia Summit, Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s vision for a peaceful, free and inclusive Hind-Pacific region and reiterated its commitment to boost maritime cooperation and balanced RCEP.
Prime Minister Modi also participated in the ASEAN-India Bilateral Summit in Singapore, wherein progress was made in the goals set in the Delhi Declaration of the ASEAN-India Memorial Summit. Addressing the ASEAN-India Summit this year, he emphasized the importance of maritime cooperation and business for the strategic prosperity of the strategic Indian-Pacific region. Referring to India’s ‘East East Policy’, he said that ‘its importance in the regional security structure of the Indo-Pacific region is not a secret’. Targeting China, he also assured that “ASEAN will be constantly supported, in order to build a rule-based regional security framework, because it makes best efforts towards regional interests and its peaceful development”.
India has repeatedly expressed the importance of ASEAN in the Hind-Pacific region. In his speech in the Shangri-La dialogue earlier this year, Prime Minister Modi had said that in collaboration with ASEAN, India will deeply promote democratic and rule-based international order in the Hind-Pacific region. It allows uninterrupted movement on shared places and is not limited to ‘Club of Limited Members’. The ‘Club of Limited Members’ was, in effect, a sign to the UN Security Council.
Interestingly, there was a third meeting of the joint-secretary level quad countries in Singapore between the quarrels about nothing to happen. ‘Quad’ includes India, America, Japan and Australia. Now these four countries would hardly like to spoil that rhythm, which is gradually gaining momentum. Of course, this direction is not going to be bigger right now, but these four nations are eager to take advantage of it in some form.
Clearly, the Hind-Pacific region has now come to the center of global politics and economy, and recent developments have strengthened those trends that have been emerging for some time now. China is the most important player in this field and Beijing is more determined than ever to present itself as a regional and global force. There is also the lucky of China that there is currently an administration in the US, which lacks seriousness about objectives and has been unable to effectively show its priorities for this area. It has made this transition even more important for countries like India, which have significant interference in the long-term sustainability of this region. China’s role is increasing, and the US is still confused about its security commitments, in this case, India has a new opportunity in this field. Contrary to history, New Delhi is no longer confused about furthering relations with all other regional players who nurture Indian interests in stabilizing the balance of power in the region. However, as ASEAN collaborator India will have to pay special attention to increase employment, for which it needs to promote the domestic economic reform agenda, increase connectivity within the area and record maximum presence in regional institutions. Prime Minister Modi should put more emphasis on these priorities in his visits. There is a need to increase connectivity within the area and record maximum attendance in regional institutions. Prime Minister Modi should put more emphasis on these priorities in his visits. There is a need to increase connectivity within the area and record maximum attendance in regional institutions. Prime Minister Modi should put more emphasis on these priorities in his visits.

Updated: December 21, 2018 — 6:24 pm

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