Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
With 42 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, India and Vietnam relations today stand at a point where both the countries aim to promote peace, stability, prosperity and development in South East Asia. India has always stressed on the importance of peace and good bilateral relations with other countries and Vietnam is among one of those countries that figures very prominently in Indian diplomatic relations as can be apparent from the Look East Policy. Capitalising on common Buddhist links and the anti-colonial movements, India-Vietnam relations are growing from strength to strength as it was evident from the visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to India on the 27th and 28th October 2014. This paper tries to explain the boost in political and defence relations post 2000 ranging till present day relations. It has laid importance on landmark events that has occurred like the signing of 2003 Joint Declaration on a Framework of Comprehensive Cooperation, 2007 Strategic Partnership agreement and the celebration of ‘Year of Friendship’ in 2012 which marked the 40th anniversary of IndiaVietnam diplomatic relations. This paper tries to delve into the current situation by assessing the future prospects between the two countries.
Diplomatic relations, strategic gains, bilateral visits, economy, trade and investment