原文标题：Myanmar can be link between India, China: PM
YANGON: Looking to quell speculation about India and China taking their rivalry to gas-rich Myanmar, PM Manmohan Singh said the country was perfectly placed to play the role of an economic bridge between China and India. While Indian officials have often described Myanmar as India's gateway to Asean countries, this is the first time Myanmar has been spoken about by the government as a link between India and China.
While China alone accounts for more than 70% of investments into Myanmar, India stands at the 13th position in terms of its investments into the country. Despite its attempts to play a larger economic role there, India continues to be looked upon as a Johnny-come-lately whose infrastructure projects, including the ambitious Kaladan multimodal transport facility, have hardly taken off. On the other hand, Beijing is even building a gas pipeline from Myanmar to China.
"Myanmar is a critical partner in India's Look East policy and is perfectly situated to play the role of an economic bridge between India and China and between South and South-East Asia," Singh said at a think-tank in Yangon at the end of his visit to Myanmar.
While the focus seemed to have shifted to Indian investments by the private sector with a team of CEOs visiting Myanmar simultaneously, Singh spoke at length about India's government-backed projects, including the much talked about road to Thailand. "We have agreed to cooperate in a number of road building projects. I hope that the very symbolic trilateral highway that will connect India, Myanmar and Thailand can be fully built by 2016," he said.
India is implementing the Kaladan multimodal transport project that involves upgrading the Sittwe port in Myanmar and constructing a highway to connect the town of Paletwa in Chin state to the Indian border in Mizoram state. "This flagship project will revitalize the economy of the area and link it with important commercial and shipping arteries. We hope to complete it by 2015," he said, adding that the trade volume between them too would cross the $3 billion mark by 2015.
During his visit, Singh also visited the Bahadur Shah Zafar Mausoleum, where he donated $100,000 and Shwedagon Pagoda.
BM (Australia) 2 days ago
Chou-en-Lie had said "Tibet is a buffer state between India and China" and Nehru was taken in. China grabbed Tibet and Aksai Chin/Soda Plains. Now Goofee tells us that Burma is a bridge.
Marco Hsiao (Asia)
[ Building traffic infrastructure: linking India, Myanmar and China ] Indeed! Myanmar is and will be a significant bridge between India and China (Mainland China ROC Taiwan Hong Kong).
************************************************************************************ Eminent monk Faxian (337-422 AD) and Xuanzang (602-664 AD) had travelled to India for pilgrim. In the future the economic cooperation between India, Myanmar and China would be greater; now it just needs more traffic infrastructure.
************************************************************************************ Highways and high speed rail should be constructed to link Beijing - Yunnan province - Myanmar, Bangladesh - Calcutta - New Delhi. Then China, Myanmar and India would have more interflowing on trade, tourism and culture. In 2020, the trade between India and China could surpass US$ 200 billion.
************************************************************************************ In the long term, Sino-India trade should be bigger than US-Mexico; Sino-Russia trade should be bigger than US-Canada, too.
Sound good.. Myanmar economy will raise..
Don't know how much one can trust china, considering Chinese aspirations are of greater global role in political , economic and cultural landscape . It will
General (Ncr) 2 days ago
China has beaten India hollow when it comes to relations with Myanmar. If India has to move forward and strengthen its investments in Myanmar, the Government must stay out as thier projects will never fructify and give a free hand to Indian Companies to invest there.
Mani (Chennai---TAMIL NADU) replies to General 1 day ago
So true,General(Ncr)! India is a gutless, spineless country. Let's stop criticizing China.We never lifted our little finger to help Suu Kyi. Now we shamelessly talk of India/Myanmar ties. What ties is the Congress Government talking about? Let's not blame the Congress. The BJP too was a coward when they were in power.
i can't trust CHiNA n with the indian PM..never trust Manmohan..puppet of italian ..they r just partying after eatin our country..go to hell..who eats our motherland for their means
Pratul Birla (Kolkata)
Now that he has lost all credibility within the country , he is taking steps to enhance his international image. What sort of bridge are you talking about ? India shares large borders with China already. India is just spending money to make Chinese invasion into this country easier. And ,what about the Bahadur Shah Zafar monument for which you are willing to spend 50 lakhs? The Prithviraj grave near Kabul lies in such a state of disrespect . Is it only the muslim vote that bothers people like you ? Can you not take any steps which addresses the sentiments of the majority in this country ? Your agenda makes no sense at all. You will be just spending national resource to make imports to India easier. We are not in a position to export because our costs are so high . There is lack of infrastructure within this country. Why not spend the money to create infrastructure of this country and think of trading with ASEAN countries. Let us be competitive enough to face them.
Rabin banerjee (TOI) replies to Pratul Birla
your sense of judgement fails to acknowledge that our PM is representing our nation not any party's ideology.And India needs a strong friendship with its neighboring countries.
anup (Delhi) 1 day ago
Will Myanmar be an "economic bridge" between India and China in reality ? Or, it is going to be bridge of hostility to get the control of Myanmar? China is far ahead of India in investment in Myanmar. They are even building a gas pipe line from Myanmar to China. But our Kaladan multi-modal transport Project connecting NE with Myanmar is just llimpingly progressing. China appears to be taking the advantage of this "economic bridge"more seriously on their side.
V S S Sarma (Dubai) 1 day ago
Burma will be a bridge between India and China. One more way China can enter India. That is what Dr. MMS is hinting at ?
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freethinker (Switzerland) 1 day ago
WHY DOES HE WANT ANOTHER NATION AS A BRIDGE. CAN'T HE MAKE HIS OWN BRIDGES? IT SHOWS HIS LACK OF INITIATIVE AND LACK OF CONFIDENCE IN HIMSELF. IF HE HAD ANY FORESIGHT THE GAS PIPELINES FROM MYANMAR WOULD HAVE BEEN COMING IN INDIA'S DIRECTION. INDIA'S POLICY TOWARDS MYANMAR HAS BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF CATASTROPHIC.
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krishna007 (UAE) replies to freethinker
bcause he never took any own decesion , whatever aunty sonia says he do.
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rkhine (Kolkata) 1 day ago
India is considered as great and powerful by the world. And it is. It is a powerful nation in the region, so India should be influencial too. So we should do with with Myanmar. I think it will benefit both the nations.
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1 day ago
mr pm.let me complete the latter part of the sentence. .. with india staying at its end with netas in 4 chairs and a table deciding on committee and next course of action with a peace flag along.. meanwhile china having occupied entire myanmar and the so called bridge and having sucked away all the resources :)
1 day ago
It is quite a big disappointment that despite having better geographical and constitutional position than China, India so far haven't been able to lead the region. We are doing really poor with all our neighbors, where as Chinese rulers are doing a fantastic job with whole of south east asia and Japan despite having border disputes with almost all the neighbors. Hope we could elect someone with a real nerve in next elections and change the course of development and peace
like you are the bridge to madam and baba 's swiss bank accounts ?
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