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Modi Backs India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway’s Indochina Extension

NEW DELHI — India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its efforts to counter China’s Belt and Road Intiative (BRI) project. Connectivity with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, […]

Myanmar Goes Ringside at China-India Bout

‘China will go all out to help Myanmar in time of crisis. India will also help Myanmar, but it does not go all out,” was the light-hearted comment made by a seasoned Asean diplomat based in Yangon recently. He was referring to the behaviour of Myanmar’s two powerful neighbours these past months, which is providing […]

India China News: China hints it can rename CPEC if India joins OBOR initiative | India News

BEIJING: The Chinese foreign ministry on Thursday responded to a statement by its ambassador in India, Luo Zhaohui, who recently said Beijing is prepared to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to address India’s concerns+. The ministry neither endorsed nor denied Luo’s statement, suggesting that it was encouraging Luo to negotiate with New Delhi over […]

Banking curbs stagnating trade with Myanmar : businesses

Improving economic ties with Myanmar may be a key agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Neighbourhood First and Act East policies, but if the business community in Myanmar is to be believed, India’s commercial banking sector is not yet convinced about it. Though the US has withdrawn sanctions on Myanmar and top US banks are […]

India demonetisation effect: Cancelled notes still sitting heavy in Myanmar’s purse

KOLKATA, NOVEMBER 15: The famous Shwedagon or Golden Pagoda in Yangon attracts a large number of Indian visitors, most of whom donate to the Buddhist place of worship. In November 2016, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation drive, the pagoda had donations worth ₹56,500 in the cancelled notes. The money is still lying […]

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 opens two border crossing points with Myanmar, Bangladesh

India has opened two immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, a reflection of its growing closeness with the two eastern neighbours. In a gazette notification, the home ministry said the central government has designated Zorinpui land check post in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram as an authorised immigration check post for entry […]

Naypyidaw’s long awaited dawn

Myanmar has taken a giant step towards democracy, even as it is shackled by the Army, which will do everything to turn the clock back. But, fortunately, the country has the rare gift of a leader who is highly intelligent Myanmar has been in the news in recent weeks generally for one single reason, namely […]

PM Modi to Indian diaspora in Myanmar: ‘We aren’t merely reforming India, but transforming India’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day bilateral visit to Myanmar, justified decisions like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) terming them as ‘tough’ while addressing the Indian diaspora in Yangon on Wednesday. “We never shy away from taking big and tough actions for the benefit of India because we consider the […]

India signs 11 agreements with Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW: India and Myanmar today signed 11 agreements in a range of sectors, including one on maritime security cooperation, to further strengthen their multifaceted partnership. The MoUs were signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. India and Myanmar signed an MoU to strengthen […]