When it comes to international trade, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plays a significant role in promoting economic cooperation and integration within the region and beyond. One of the ways it does so is by establishing free trade agreements (FTAs) with other countries and regions. These FTAs aim to reduce trade barriers, increase market access, and boost economic growth.

However, not all countries are FTA dialogue partners of ASEAN. In fact, there is one country that is not currently part of any FTA negotiations with ASEAN. That country is India.

Despite being a key player in the global economy and having strong economic ties with ASEAN member states, India has yet to establish an FTA with ASEAN. The two sides began talks in 2007 but have yet to come to an agreement.

There are several reasons why the negotiations have stalled. One of the main sticking points is India`s demand for greater access to ASEAN`s services sector, particularly in areas such as IT and telecommunications. ASEAN, on the other hand, is pushing for India to lower tariffs on more goods, including palm oil and textiles.

Another issue is the growing geopolitical tensions between India and China. As China strengthens its economic ties with ASEAN, India is wary of losing its influence in the region. This has led to India taking a more cautious approach in its negotiations with ASEAN, leading to further delays.

Despite the challenges, both sides have expressed a commitment to continue negotiations and reach an agreement. An ASEAN-India FTA would bring significant benefits for both sides, including increased trade, investment, and job opportunities.

In conclusion, while ASEAN has established free trade agreements with many countries and regions, India is not currently a dialogue partner in any FTA negotiations. However, efforts are underway to bridge the gap and establish an FTA between the two sides.