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Indo-Arctic Strategic Construct

Recently, the Indian Prime Minister at Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), mentioned India’s willingness to play “a significant role in the Arctic Council.” It provides an opening for India to pursue a grandiose Arctic plan. India has been an observer member of the Arctic Council since 2013. Why should India be concerned about the Arctic? India will have to… Continue reading Indo-Arctic Strategic Construct

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Eastern Economic Forum (EEF)

Context Speaking at the Plenary Session of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would extend a $1 billion line of credit towards the development of the Russian Far East. This was the first instance of an Indian prime minister attending the East Economic Forum. Details EEF… Continue reading Eastern Economic Forum (EEF)

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India-France Relations

Context The Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, visited France for an official visit at the invitation of the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron, for a bilateral summit on 22nd and 23rd August 2019 in Paris and to participate in the G7 Summit, on 25th and 26th August 2019, in Biarritz, under the French presidency… Continue reading India-France Relations

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India and RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership)

Recently, an Indian delegation headed by Commerce Secretary attended the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meet in Beijing. This marks the change in India’s stance from being stuck in a deadlock to listing out its demands individually to the partner countries of the RCEP in the bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the event. Advantages of… Continue reading India and RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership)

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Turning Bimstec into a vehicle for regional cooperation

The 4th Bimstec summit is being held in Kathmandu after a lapse of four years.  For the Bimstec that celebrated 20 years in 2017, four summits in 20 years is not certainly a time for celebration. Bimstec has been struggling to take off since its inception as its member states were members of several other regional… Continue reading Turning Bimstec into a vehicle for regional cooperation

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First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi

First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi The first cargo truck under the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement for cross border movement reached Delhi recently. Key facts: The cargo truck was dispatched from Dhaka on August 27 as part of a trial run and arrived at the Inland Customs Depot… Continue reading First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi