Key connectivity projects between India's landlocked northeast and Myanmar, a crucial part of India's Look East Policy, need to be completed on time to boost trade and partnership between India and the booming Southeast Asian region, especially with China stealing a march, experts said here Thursday.
Of late, India’s engagement with its eastern neighbour Myanmar is quite dynamic and intensive. The new saffron Government led by Narendra Modi is quite enthusiastic in forging friendly, mutally beneficial diplomatic relations with Myanmar and other member countries of ASEAN.
India has reason to cheer from the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting at Myanmarbeginning tomorrow with Philippines all set to present Triple Action Plan (TAP) to resolve territorial disputes involving few Southeast Asian countries and China in South China Sea (SCS) region where Delhi has significant oil investments.
The governments of India and Myanmar officials have discussed supplying electricity to Sagaing region (Myanmar) on August 4 in Tamu, border town of Myanmar.
Myanmar is likely to receive a lot of attention from India's new government, in the form of cross-border bus services linking it to the landlocked northeast and better air connectivity, as New Delhi seeks to ramp up ties with its strategically important eastern neighbour that is seen as a bridge between South Asia and Southeast Asia.
An Indian embassy official has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to a long-delayed infrastructure project that will connect Chin and Rakhine states with northeastern India, despite community objections and concerns.