This book focuses on the scope, potential and future of the India-Japan-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trilateral.  

Through this book, contributors examine the strategic and global partnership between India and Japan and the collaboration with ASEAN. Analysing contemporary strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific, the book takes up the complex link between security and economics. It offers a thorough understanding on how the major Asian powers, India and Japan, cooperate and coordinate with the ASEAN. It delves into few critical questions: Is there a scope for India-Japan-ASEAN triangularity in the Indo-Pacific? Can a formal or institutional cooperation be forged between these three actors? What specific cooperation could India and Japan forge with ASEAN as an institution? To what extent can each ASEAN member independently become a partner with India and Japan?

A novel assessment of the post-pandemic economic and political balancing and restructuring, this book will be of interest to Asian politics, international relations, strategic studies, regional organizations in Asia and think tanks specializing in foreign policy, security studies, international trade and economics.

Chapter 1: ASEAN Centrality: Key to ASEAN-India-Japan Tripartite Cooperation? Part-I India and Japan’s ASEAN Outlooks Chapter 2: The "Japan Factor" in India’s Engagement with Southeast Asia: A Derived Relationship?; Chapter 3: Japan-India Relations and ASEAN centrality in the Indo-Pacific Dynamics Part-II India-Japan-ASEAN’s Maritime Connect Chapter 4: The Struggle for Centrality: ASEAN, South China Sea, and the Sino-American New Cold War?; Chapter 5: Treading the South China Sea: Forging Closer Ties with Claimant Nations; Chapter 6: Institutional Mechanisms and Maritime Development Cooperation: Building a Context for India-Japan-ASEAN; Chapter 7: Japan’s Coast Guard Diplomacy through Capacity Building in Indo-Pacific Part-III Triangularity and Power Configurations Chapter 8: China’s Perception on ASEAN Centrality and the Prospects of a Middle Power Nexus; Chapter 9: India-Japan Connectivity Outreach to ASEAN: Forging Trilateral Cooperation; Chapter 10: Japan’s Vientiane Vision and the Prospect of India-Japan-Australia Cooperation: Towards Middle power leadership?; Chapter 11: India, Japan, ASEAN and Taiwan: Like-minded partners in the future of critical technologies Part-IV Trilateral to Quadrilateral Chapter 12: Japan’s Strategic Vision on Indo-Pacific Institutions: Quad, Quad Plus and ASEAN Centrality; Chapter 13: The China Conundrum and the Philippine Strategic Outlook on the Quad; Chapter 14: ASEAN and the "Quad Plus": Opportunity in Turbulence; Chapter 15: Tokyo’s ‘Northeast India’ Diary: From Cooperation Corridor to China