May | 2017 | The Asia Institute


Asia Institute Chungmuro Office

8th Floor

24, Chungmuro 11-gil Jung-gu Seoul, Korea

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중구충무로 11길 24번지 8층

02 2277-7132

As the power balance is moving from the western hemisphere to Asia-pacific region wherein the rise of China and the US’s pivot to Asia define the foreign policy debate in many countries, New Delhi has also crafted its foreign policy to stay abreast. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi led government soon after its emphatic victory in 2014 re-crafted the India’s “Look East Policy” to “Act East Policy” wherein it has sought to actively engage the Asian partners both from the economic as well as security perspective.

This can be gauged by the fact that Asia has become one of the most focused areas of the present government. The Modi government has forged and revitalized several strategic partnerships and also tried to put impetus in the existing partnerships with countries which had lost its sheen due to India’s own policy paralysis in the last few years. The strategic interest is not only confined to military but it also includes economic interests. India is the second biggest market with its rapidly ballooning middle class wherein most of the Asian tigers including Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and many others have huge strategic interests in the world’s fastest growing economy.


Dr. Singh’s remarks

Kawanaka Yo’s dance for peace


Peace March 1

Peace March 2

Peace March 3

Peace March 4

Dr. Singh’s editorial in the Korea Times:

May 12, 2017

Korea Times

“Marching for Peace” 

Dongho-ro 17-gil (Dasan-dong 252-6) Jung-gu, Seoul

중구 동호로 17 (다산동 252-6)

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Europe has increasingly become an important partner for Korea and European interest in East Asia is growing rapidly. But what exactly does Korea mean for Europeans, in an economic or a political sense? Christoph Heider, President of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea, presents his insights into the growing significance of Korea’s European ties and the factors that underlie efforts by Europe to engage Korea and seek out new partnerships.

Christoph Heider, President of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea, joined the chamber in 2013. He was the former Chief Financial Officer for Bayer Korea Ltd. in Seoul and Regional Manager of Bayer AG’s Legal Entity Accounting for Asia Pacific in Germany. Heider had worked for Bayer Ltd. in Tokyo from 1997 to 2005 having arrived in Japan as a teacher shortly before.

Heider graduated with an Intermediate Diploma in Economics from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany in 1988 before going on to complete his Diploma in Business Economics from the University of Mannheim in 1991. He then went on to finish a Postgraduate Program in Japanese from the University of Tuebingen in Germany and Doshisha University in Japan in 1996.