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India and China: National Image-building in Southeast Asia

Examines India and China’s efforts at image-building in Southeast Asia for economic and strategic purposes. Outlines the main drives behind India and China’s engagement policies towards Southeast Asia and examines historical ties between the region and India as well as between Southeast Asia and China. Studies India’s external outreach to Southeast Asia through the Look East Policy (LEP) that has been upgraded to the Act East Policy (AEP). Describes China’s engagement with Southeast Asia through various soft power tools and attempts at regionalization as well as resources to multilateral diplomacy for foreign policy outreach.