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- India has finally gotten serious about a new regional cooperation framework known as Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Cooperation.
- This concept has been under discussion for more than a decade & a half but India has been mostly reluctant about it.
- With the Indian government’s focus on regional connectivity and China’s push for a Southern Silk Road, all 4 countries are now engaged in the initiative.
- The current Indian government has given clear indicators that it is likely to place regional integration high on its economic diplomacy agenda, be it SAARC, ASEAN or BCIM.