India’s Act East Policy Begins in Myanmar
The Asia–Pacific region has always drawn the attention of India’s foreign policy-makers. However, the contexts and thrusts of India’s approach to the region have changed. Earlier in the pre-1991 period, the focus was mostly on bilateral relations between India and the countries of the region; post-1991, multilateral interactions have also assumed critical salience. In this, the role of Myanmar is crucial because India cannot afford to ignore the geopolitical reality of the former as the only land bridge to South East Asia and beyond and also its strategic importance for India’s security, particularly in the context of the Northeast. Befriending Myanmar also offers scope to transform the landlocked Northeast to a land-linked one.
KeywordsMyanmar Infrastructure Haats Border communities Tribal linkage Northeast
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