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In race for influence with China, India investing more in neighbouring countries

India has sharpened its focus on development assistance for its neighbours, especially for high impact projects driven by local needs, as it finds itself in a race for influence in the region with China. An array of projects, ranging from the nearly $300-million Salma or Afghan-India Friendship Dam to the Rooppur nuclear power plant being […]

China hardsells big ticket but low on trust, India’s soft power push in Myanmar education and health

As Delhi seeks to expand its engagement with Myanmar, it is in sectors such as education, health and entertainment services that India hopes to make an impact in a country crowded with several international players, and completely dominated by China. In a state-of-the art classroom at the steel and glass Myanmar Institute of Information Technology […]

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 […]

The Trouble With India’s Projects in Myanmar

India has great ambitions for infrastructure construction in Myanmar, but falls short in implementation. Myanmar President Htin Kyaw’s recent visit to India, the first by the head of a civilian government in Myanmar in over five decades, saw the two sides focus on improving connectivity and counterinsurgency cooperation. In addition to reaffirming their commitment to […]

Wary of China, India Moves to Woo a New Myanmar

Days after Aung San Suu Kyi made a high-profile trip to China as foreign minister of Myanmar, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Mynamar in the first high-level visit from India after the civilian government assumed office in Naypyitaw. Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw is on a four day visit to India as well this […]

Connectivity with Myanmar — the wait gets longer

Building a project in Myanmar was and is difficult. But, is it so difficult that the connectivity proposals mooted by Delhi early in the last decade will remain a dream or at best half complete? Exactly the same happened to proposals to connect the north-eastern States and ASEAN through Myanmar. The trilateral India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway […]

India to help modernise Myanmar Army and Navy to broad-base defence partnership

NEW DELHI: In what could be described as a major initiative in the field of military diplomacy India on Thursday decided to assist modernisation of Myanmar’s Army and Navy to upgrade military to military cooperation to the next level, nearly a month after joint operations targeted insurgents along 1640-km-long land boundary. The decision to expand […]

Myanmar allows access to Indian airlines

The fifth freedom rights allow an airline carry revenue traffic between countries as a part of services connecting the airline’s own country. Photo: Mint Yangon: Indian airlines can now operate flights to Myanmar as the country has granted traffic rights to India-based carriers paving the way for air connectivity between the nations. “Yes, we (Indian […]