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India aims to ramp up military ties with Myanmar

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  1. kurup

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    India is aiming to ramp up its military ties with Myanmar, after PM Manmohan Singh set the stage for greater bilateral economic cooperation during his visit to Naypyitaw last May, as part of the overall policy to stem Chinese strategic inroads into the energy-rich south-east Asian country.

    Defence ministry sources said Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, in his capacity as the country’s senior-most military officer and chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, will be leading a five-member delegation to Myanmar next week.

    Defence minister A K Antony will be heading for Naypyitaw early next year to further firm up defence ties — ranging from training and intelligence coordination to “capacity building” and supply of military equipment to Myanmar.

    “The IAF chief-led delegation will be in Myanmar from November 26 to 29, but the dates for the ministerial visit are yet to be finalized,” said a source. ACM Browne will be calling on the top Myanmarese leadership, apart from holding talks with the military commander-in-chief General Min Aung Hlaing and visiting military establishments.

    The top Indian defence visits to Myanmar come soon after Barack Obama earlier this month became the first US President to visit Myanmar, which is slowly undergoing some politico-democratic reforms after half-a-century of being a secretive authoritarian state.

    It also comes in the backdrop of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, released from house arrest by the military junta in 2010, recently expressing `sadness” at the way the Indian establishment cosied up to the Myanmarese military government over the last decade instead of whole-heartedly supporting the pro-democracy movement in her country.

    It was in the late-1990s that India undertook a hard-nosed strategic U-turn in its policy towards Myanmar, after several years of supporting Suu Kyi’s democratic movement, when it found China had assiduously forged deep links with Naypyitaw by filling in the vacuum.

    Moreover, India also wanted the junta’s cooperation in flushing out Indian insurgent groups operating from Myanmarese soil as well as to bolster its eastern region’s connectivity to the outside world.

    Since then, India has transferred military equipment like Islander maritime patrol aircraft as well as 105mm light artillery guns, naval gun-boats, mortars, grenade-launchers and rifles to Myanmar, the only ASEAN country with which it shares land and maritime borders.

    During the PM’s trip to Myanmar in May — the first such visit in 25 years — the two countries inked a dozen MoUs, from an air services agreement and border area development pact to a joint trade and investment forum and extension of a $500-million line of credit to Naypyitaw.

    As shown by the recent Obama visit to the country, western nations too have also come around to the Indian view of the need to engage with the Myanmarese military leadership in order to, among other things, push for democratic reforms.

    India aims to ramp up military ties with Myanmar | idrw.org
     
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    good news.
     
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    Good move by GOI and was must as China is already increasing ties with Myanmar
     
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    Better late than never. India should focus on road link and air link.
     
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    With the advances in democracy , Myanmar will most probably align more with India in coming decades.
     
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    That's not the only reason. Even milletry junta turn away from China. Same thing is happening in Nepal but may be it will take 1/2 more years.

    Most importantly India should pay more attention to our small neighbours before someone else does
     
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    May be they should first employ a Look-in-Vicinty policy before the Look East Policy .
     
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    Completely agreed
     
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    First they should come clean from this Rohingya crisis, i don't think Mayanmar can provide us with strategic advantage.
     
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    Rohingyas are not Burmese and the crisis inside their country is their own internal issues.

    Come on man, the crisis in 90s when J&K was burning, did other countries put pre-conditions? Then why should we be doing the same? What different are we then?

    Remember, we are not the torchbearers of democracy and human rights bullshit, especially after HRW's shady track record of supporting militants against India using political correctness as a tool to forward their political interests.

    We must welcome Myanmar's handshake with equal vigour and ramp up ties with them

    Remember this:

    It was not Europe or the thekedar of "democracy" USA that helped us get rid of terrorists in the Indo-Burmese border; It was the military of Myanmar that did.

    We should respect that and help them when they need it the most.

    I think it is better we build stronger bridges of relations with Burma, Nepal and Bhutan specifically as they are the only neighbors that have not shown open or shady hostility against us ever (barring Prachanda's time). We should enhance our ties with these countries even more.

    For giving these countries confidence, we need to improve our military industry production and development and assist these countries in their internal troubles.
     
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    Can't elaborate due to the limitations of iPad but Myanmar can offer lots to India. Rohingyas issue is something which Indians need to sympathize but India can't do anything like in 1962 when Burmese Indians were thrown out. India did a about turn in 1990s in her diplomatic engagement in 1990s after cold shouldering myanmar post 1960s. In short, this is what myanmar can offer.

    1. Natural gas
    2. Alternate route to northeast from Kolkata through Sittwe port through Kaladan river after Bangladesh denied transit to India to Northeast.
    3. Super highway from northeast to Thailand and subsequent linkage to Vietnam contributing to economic growth of NE.
    4. Likewise railway line as well
    5. Denial of a pearl or miuse of a pearl -coco islands to china in case of war.
    6. Solid action against NE insurgent groups.

    Many projects listed above are happening or planned. Here is one link.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...open-super-highway-to-Burma-and-Thailand.html
    In short, myanmar is crucial for India's look east policy.
     
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    Sources say, this highway get competed till 2016

    I don't think so ; it will get completed by 2018-19 I think.
     
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    Maybe not but its better for India of it gets a foothold instead Mynamar falling under Chinese influence.
     
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    India - US - Myanmar alliance would be fine for everyone in this group.