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India will more strongly assert leadership in region

Monday, July 8, 2019

Subject

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

Significance

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).

Impacts

  • 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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