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Modi backs India-Myanmar-Thailand highway's Indochina extension

Connectivity with Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam seen as response to China's Belt and Road

The border crossing between northeastern India and Myanmar is being opened up at Moreh as part of a trilateral highway project to connect India with ASEAN. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its efforts to counter China's Belt and Road Intiative (BRI) project.

Connectivity with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, is a central plank in India's Act East policy to develop regional relations. 

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