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This cou;d be a big deal.

BEIJING: India and China have concluded talks on the proposed land corridor that would pass through Myanmar and connect Kolkata with southwestern China's Kunming city in Yunnan province. Negotiations on the issue had resumed after three years.

Foreign ministry officials from the two countries participated in the talks along with officials from West Bengal and Yunnan last week in Kunming. An action plan approved after the negotiations pledged "to strive for an effective land corridor between Kunming and Kolkata".

Officials said different possibilities for enhancing both road and trade connectivity between the Chinese province, India's Northeast and West Bengal were discussed.

"The Chinese are serious about this road. We also feel it is important because the road will also connect India to South East Asia beyond Kunming," said Kolkata based Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development director Binoda Kumar Mishra, who attended the meeting.

Kunming has road connectivity with Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. Moves are afoot to connect China to most of the South East Asia by rail as well. China has also built a 1,500-km road from Kunming to Mandalay in Myanmar that it hopes will finally lead to the Indian border.

New Delhi is looking at a proposal to build a road from Moreh in Manipur to Mandalay skirting Myanmar's Kachin province, and connecting it to the newly-built road from Kunming. The Moreh-Tamu strip, which includes Tamu town on the Myanmar side, is already an active border trading point.

"The Chinese would be happy to get access to the Kolkata port. But India must make sure that the road connects us to South East Asia instead of being a mere trade route with China," Mishra said.

India has earlier rejected a Chinese proposal to use the old Stilwell road used during World War II for security reasons. It passes through Kachin known to have large number of camps training insurgents active in the Northeast. Besides, the road connects the Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its own territory.

Scholars like Mishra had earlier proposed the revival of ancient Tea and Horse route, which was used as a trade route running parallel to the Silk Road since the 3rd century. But the Chinese rejected the proposal as it connects the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, and Beijing does not want any direct connectivity between Tibet and India.
 

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Curious. Don't see anything about the Burmese view of this. Wonder if they are on board, or are just gonna get told "This is how we are gonna do it"....
 

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Curious. Don't see anything about the Burmese view of this. Wonder if they are on board, or are just gonna get told "This is how we are gonna do it"....
I haven't followed the news recently (been avoiding the news since the election), but it was only in the recent months that Aung Sang Suu Kyi was finally allowed to form the new Burmese administration after being locked up for many many years by the military regime before the generals finally packed it in and allowed her and the civilian parties to fill the Burmese leadership vacuum. There's probably a lot of chaos and confusion from the transition to civil rule in Burma, and Suu Kyi and the new govt may not be in a position to influence much of anything in Burma at this moment, especially those dealing with Burma's PRC and India big power neighbors.
 

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I haven't followed the news recently (been avoiding the news since the election), but it was only in the recent months that Aung Sang Suu Kyi was finally allowed to form the new Burmese administration after being locked up for many many years by the military regime before the generals finally packed it in and allowed her and the civilian parties to fill the Burmese leadership vacuum. There's probably a lot of chaos and confusion from the transition to civil rule in Burma, and Suu Kyi and the new govt may not be in a position to influence much of anything in Burma at this moment, especially those dealing with Burma's PRC and India big power neighbors.
No, they probably aren't in a position (and never have been if anybody looks at the situation with clear eyes) to influence things a lot. But I still find it interesting that there is no mention even of consultation with them.
 
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