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India, Thailand, Myanmar to be connected with a 1400-km road (analysed from The Indian Express relevant for GS II & III, Topic: Infrastructure, Bilateral and multi-lateral ties)

India , Thailand and Myanmar are working on a 1,400-km long highway that will link India with Southeast Asia by land for the first time giving a boost to trade and cultural exchanges between the three countries. 

The planned highway starts in the eastern region of India from Moreh (Manipur) to Myanmar's Tamu city . 

Negotiations are currently underway to conclude a tri- nation motor vehicle agreement for the use of the 1,400-km road that will reach Thailand at Tak, Mae Sot district. 

Diplomatic Significance:

According to India there has always been a meeting of minds between India and Thailand. Our two countries share cultural, spiritual and linguistic links. With this road we will also have physical connectivity

Significance:

1.    The road will help in transportation of goods and further development of SMEs in North East India, he said, adding the tri-nation highway exemplifies India's "Act East" policy. 

2.    Myanmar's Dawei deep-sea port and industrial estate project near the Thai border is also expected to help further integrate eastern India with South East Asian countries. 

3.    The planned port can be linked up with India's Chennai port as well as Thailand's Laem Chabang Port on the other side of the ocean. 

Other Regional Agreements:

India is also preparing to negotiate a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which includes the 10-country grouping, on top of the current India-Asean free-trade agreement (FTA).



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