Japan: India-Japan relations have undergone a significant and qualitative shift in recent
      years, propelled by successful and regular high-level visits. Highlight of India-Japan relations in
      2017 was Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to India in 2017 for the 12th Annual Summit. During
      the Summit both sides reviewed the recent progress in the multi-faceted cooperation under the
      framework of the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries.
           Republic of Korea (RoK): India-RoK bilateral relationship, elevated to the level of
      Special Strategic Partnership during the visit of Prime Minister to RoK in 2015, gathered further
      momentum. Indian Prime Minister met with RoK President during the G-20 Summit in Hamburg
      in July 2017. Deepening engagements on the economic side, an MoU between Export-Import
      (EXIM) Banks of the two countries to establish US$ 9 billion in Korean concessional credit and
      an agreement between the two governments on US$ 1 billion in Korean Economic Development
      Cooperation Fund (EDCF) funding for infrastructure development projects in India were signed
      in June 2017.
           Mongolia: India’s traditionally friendly and cordial relations with Mongolia have
      steadily improved over the years, following the Prime Minister’s historic visit to Mongolia in
      May 2015. India-Mongolia relations were upgraded to Strategic Partnership during the visit.
      India continued to provide technical and economic cooperation to Mongolia in higher education,
      information and communication technology and human resource development.
      Eurasia
           2017 marked seventy years of diplomatic relations between India and Russia and twenty
      five years of diplomatic relations between India and the other countries in Eurasia. The occasions
      were celebrated through exchange of messages between the dignitaries of the two sides, joint
      issues of commemorative postal stamps and organization of celebratory events covering diverse
      areas of bilateral relations.
           Indian Prime Minister had a very successful visit to St. Petersburg in June 2017 for the 18th
      India-Russia Annual Summit. The visit resulted in the adoption of ‘St. Petersburg Declaration’
      and conclusion of twelve documents related to cooperation in nuclear energy, science and
      technology, railways, culture, precious stones, engineering, finance, infrastructure, and
      investment.
           15th RIC (Russia India China) Foreign Ministerial meeting was held in New Delhi in 2017
      when, on its margins, EAM had bilateral meetings with Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministers.
      Prime Minister visited Kazakhstan in 2017, to take part in the Heads of State summit of
      Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). India joined SCO as a full member during the
      Summit.
           During the year multiple business delegations were exchanged and participation in various
      trade events organized with the countries in the region. The third International Day of Yoga was
      celebrated enthusiastically across all the countries in Eurasia in June 2017. Track-II Dialogue,
      exchange of experts and students, pursuit of higher education, university to university tie-ups,
      cultural and people-to-people exchanges including for availing medical services in India
      supplemented official talks paving way for productive and meaningful bonds. ITEC courses and
      Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarships continued to be popular.