Role of China, Japan and Korea stressed in emertence of Asian Economic Community.

The 3-day International Seminar on, ‘India and East Asia: Prospects of Cooperation and Problems of Integration’ has concluded here with a call to China, Japan and Korea to play a proactive role for the emergence of an Asian Economic Community.

P.V. Rao, Director, Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Osmania University and a Member of the UGC Standing Committee on Area Studies giving the valedictory address pitched in for a new regionalism which was more inclusive and open. He also highlighted the changing scenario in the East Asian regionalism and the region’s role in global integration process.

Prof. Michimi Muranushi from Tokyo was the guest of honour while Prof. A. Lakshmana Chetty, former Director, SVU’s Centre for Southeast Asian and Pacific Studies, the host organisation, presided.

Earlier in the day, the last working session of the meet was held with Prof. V.S. Seth, Senior Professor, Centre for African Studies, University of Bombay and Member, UGC Standing Committee in the Chair. Seven papers were presented at the session.

Prof. Ganganath Jha presented a paper on the developments in Myanmar and the growing international concern over the State of democracy movement there. Geetha Govindaswamy from University of Malaya spoke on S. Korea’s Indian policy in the era of East Asian regionalism.

Swasthi Rao, Research Scholar, JNU presented a paper on the role of civil societies in the context of the increasing Indo-Japan cooperation. Prof. J.K. Jha, from the South Asia Centre, University of Pondicherry gave a discourse on China factor in the Indo-Japan relations.

Alokka Dutta from the Delhi University made a comparative study of political processes in India and Korea. Sarish Sebastian from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, dwelt on India-South Korea interaction in the backdrop of Delhi ’s ‘Look East Policy’ while Pankaj Kumar Jha from the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi explained the complementaries and divergences in the India-Korea relations.