Dr. Singh, who delivered his 10th Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the historic 17th-century built Red Fort, said the countries today are more integrated with each other than ever before.
"We have endeavoured that our foreign policy exploits this fully to India's benefit. In the last 9 years, there has been a continuous improvement in our relations with the major powers of the world," said Dr. Singh.
"Our Look East policy in respect of 10 ASEAN countries in East and South-East Asia has borne good results, especially in economic matters," he added.
India's Look East policy represents its efforts to cultivate extensive economic and strategic relations with the nations of Southeast Asia in order to bolster its standing as a regional power and a counterweight to the strategic influence of the People's Republic of China. Initiated in 1991, it marked a strategic shift in India's perspective of the world.
It was developed and enacted during the government of Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and rigorously pursued by the successive administrations of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh.
--ANI (Posted on 15-08-2013)