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India-Myanmar: partners in progress

After decades of isolation, India’s eastern neighbour – Myanmar is now perceived as a link to new markets. The transformation of ‘Look East Policy’ into the much coveted ‘Act East Policy’ has also added to the significance of Myanmar in India’s foreign policy considerations. Over the years, India’s policy towards Myanmar has been largely shaped […]

Kovind launches mobile app for farmers in Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday launched a mobile app developed for farmers in Myanmar and dedicated a centre and a bio park to promote agriculture research and education to the people here. Kovind is in Myanmar on a two-city visit to continue India’s high level bilateral engagements under the rubric of the ‘Act East […]

Why India looks the other way on Myanmar

While the West moves to re-isolate Myanmar after a short period of re-engagement, neighboring India is taking a more realpolitik approach to reports of massive rights abuses by the nation’s security forces. Indeed, India is doing its utmost to improve relations while the United States and European Union impose new sanctions aimed specifically at Myanmar’s […]

The Opening of an India-Myanmar Land Border Crossing: A Boon for Northeast India

The recent opening of two land-border crossings between India and Myanmar at Tamu/Moreh in the state of Manipur and Rihkhawdar-Zowkhawtar in Mizoram will go a long way toward bringing India and Myanmar closer. According to a statement issued by the Indian Embassy in Myanmar, “the landmark Land Border Crossing Agreement between India and Myanmar, signed […]

Conference on India-Myanmar Trade and Connectivity

The “Act East” policy also includes the endeavor to open new avenues of job generation and entrepreneurship, says Minister. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy & Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that India’s “Act East” […]

Myanmar’s Approach to India

Myanmar can be described as the quintessential small state whose foreign policy is impinged on by the overtures of its larger neighbors — China and India. That is in part due to its geographical location impacting Myanmar’s policy formulation, but also a reflection of the fact that, historically, Myanmar’s military rule has led to global […]

China-India rivalry warms up in South Asia

For all the bilateral co-operation and warmth within the BRICS and other institutions, the intense China versus India rivalry remains as competitive as ever in South Asia. Being the stronger and more developed country, China generally takes the initiative in the race for regional supremacy and sets the pace. Its latest move, an offer for […]

India To Grant Gratis Visa To Myanmarese Citizens: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said deepening the relationship with Myanmar was a priority for India, as a neighbour and also in the context of the ‘Act East Policy’. NAY PYI TAW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that India will grant gratis visa to Myanmarese citizens wanting to visit the country. PM Modi made the […]

The Bumpy Relationship Between India and Myanmar

The relationship between Naypyidaw and Delhi is not smooth sailing, despite the recent visit of Myanmar military officers to India. Naypyidaw’s announcement about not setting up a trading zone at the Indian border, due to a lack of basic infrastructure and low trading volume, ends the series of negotiations between India and Myanmar for border […]

Why India Isn’t Really ‘Acting East’ in Myanmar

As an ascendant economic and political power, India has long been eager to assert its influence on the global stage, particularly in neighboring Southeast Asia. India’s intentions for foreign engagement are best articulated in its so-called Act East policy, an ambitious effort to elevate Indian influence via economic and strategic links with the subregion. Central […]