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India will more strongly assert leadership in region

Monday, July 8, 2019


India's foreign policy in South and South-east Asia.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month visited the Maldives and Sri Lanka, shortly after his election victory and reinauguration. Leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) had been invited to his swearing-in ceremony. When Modi came to power in 2014, invitations to his inauguration were sent to leaders of all countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).


  • India will try to improve infrastructure in its north-eastern states to facilitate integration with mainland South-east Asia.
  • Delhi will seek support from Tokyo and Washington to execute development projects in the region.
  • Pakistan in its diplomacy will turn more pronouncedly towards China and Saudi Arabia.

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