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Presentation made at the British High Commission, New Delhi, 22 August 2013
There are several lessons to be drawn from the implementation of physical connectivity infrastructure projects in the underdeveloped sub-region where the borders of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and China meet
China’s and India’s relations with Myanmar are complicated by sub-national interests and some of the results of Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Naypyitaw reflect this reality.
What institutions does BCIM need at the Track-1 level for achieving greater integration and coordination of mutually beneficial activities across borders? Is transnational governance is the ultimate goal? Will sub-national governments in the 4 countries be actively involved?
Despite the end of the Cold War and the rapid expansion of regionalism the world over, regional connectivity in the sub-region involving Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) has little to show by way of progress.
The Asian century might not be so much about China and India as their neighbours who get these giants to behave themselves.
If “much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia”, then New Delhi will need to find the energy and resources to focus not just on its troubled western frontiers but also on its sprawling and diverse eastern neighbourhood.
Current Indian foreign policy is informed by a realization that a combination of economic reforms and the end of the Cold War has steered India into a position of some considerable influence in the post-9/11 world. What then are the patterns of Indian foreign policy behavior in the new century?