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.