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India- Philippines

Why is it in the new?

  • India reaffirms its backing for Philippines in upholding its national sovereignty regarding the issue of the South China Sea.
  • Both countries uphold the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 as the constitution of the seas.
  • They advocate for a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
An overview of India-Philippines bilateral relations

Strategic Relations:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Both countries consider China a common challenge, aligning their strategic interests within India鈥檚 Act East policy.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Collaboration within multilateral forums like the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


Defence and Security Cooperation:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Contract signed to supply the BrahMos missile system.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Industry and Logistics cooperation.

Trade and Investments:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bilateral trade amounted to USD 3.05 billion in 2022-23.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 India is the largest supplier of pharmaceutical products to the Philippines.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Indian investments in the Philippines are valued at approximately US $5 billion.

Developmental Cooperation:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Philippines benefits from India鈥檚 capacity-building programme, particularly under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation initiative.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 India offers scholarships to Filipino students through the ‘Study in India’ programme.

Diaspora and Educational Ties:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Indian community in the Philippines is estimated to be around 150,000.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Indian students pursue medical studies in the Philippines.

Humanitarian Assistance:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 India provided support during crises such as the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan (2013) and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Challenges in Relations:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Potential for deeper trade and investment relations remains largely untapped.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Fluctuating relations between the Philippines and China pose challenges to bilateral ties.


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