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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi at a news conference on Wednesday in Naypyidaw.

India inks maritime partnership deals with Myanmar

Infrastructure, security agreements aim to counter China's diplomatic offensive

YUICHI NITTA and YUJI KURONUMA, Nikkei staff writers | China

NAYPYITAW/NEW DELHI -- India and Myanmar agreed Wednesday to work more closely on maritime security and to step up economic cooperation via a port project in western Myanmar, giving New Delhi a diplomatic win as it vies for influence with a rapidly rising China.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi traveled to Myanmar on Tuesday following a three-day summit of the BRICS countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- in Xiamen, China. Modi and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, signed 11 memorandums of understanding Wednesday in areas including maritime security and coastal surveillance.

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