India and Myanmar to strengthen Defence ties [ Current Affairs ]
Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin have announced plans to strengthen their defence cooperation during a joint consultative commission (JCC) meeting held in New Delhi. JCC meeting had released joint statement on various aspects. Both countries to work together on effective border management especially on the issue of cross-border insurgency and terrorism.
- India has reaffirmed to provide defence assistance program as part of its Goodwill Diplomacy to Myanmar in order to modernise their Armed Forces.
- Recently, defence cooperation between both neighbours has grown after changes in political reforms of Myanmar under President Thein Sein, which has made them less reliant on China.
- Sharing of experiences: India to share its experience in dealing with emerging security challenges, military to military cooperation including in training.
- It also includes sharing experience in functioning in a democratic environment and cooperation in the field of Information Technology.
- Border issue: To hold first meeting of India-Myanmar Joint Boundary Working Group in New Delhi to address all outstanding boundary issues.
- Investments of Indian companies in sectors like power, ports, agro-industries, mining, forest products, construction industry, highways, consumer goods, oil and gas, manufacturing, plantation, hospitality for trade and business.
- Myanmar plays an important part in India’s decades-old Look East’ Policy (current Union government changed it as an Act East policy).
- Published on: July 21, 2015