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India-financed infrastructure projects in Nepal have a greater propensity to get delayed than projects supported by Japan, UK or organisations such as World Bank or ADB.
India has placed the Indo-Pacific at the heart of its engagement with the countries of south, southeast and east Asia to counter China, writes Prabir De in his new book.
Although India’s Look East and now Act East policy paid attention to them, the eastern neighbours were just seen as economic and strategic partners for a long time.
While India projects its border states as bridges to neighbourhood, its policy in reality remains led and steered by New Delhi.
India’s economic defensiveness isn’t surprising given that its focus on connectivity is driven by the objective to respond to China’s Belt and Road.
Sarbananda Sonowal says Centre has given a fresh push to ‘Act East’ policy to strengthen ties with ASEAN nations.