India will boost ties with Vietnam and Japan, says top diplomat


Ravi Velloor


The Straits Times


 July 12, 2017


India will deepen its strategic ties with Vietnam and Japan as it continues to build on its Act East policy and sheds its status quo instincts for a more activist line that has already seen it come to the humanitarian aid of countries far beyond its shores. That is the message from New Delhi to South-east Asia. Speaking on the theme of India, Asean and changing geopolitics, Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said yesterday: "Vietnam is a well-established strategic partner and our cooperation across a broad range of economic, developmental and security issues will deepen ever further.