Growing importance of South Asia

Evidence that importance of South Asia is growing:

  • Presence of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the G-7 summit at Ise-Shima, Japan
  • China aggressive presence in Pakistan, Bangladesh, SL, Nepal and Maldives in recent times
  • CPEC
  • “Dialogue Partner” status to Nepal and Sri Lanka in SCO
  • Bangladesh: One of the fastest growing economy.  Attracting huge investment
  • Emergence of SL as a central location in Indian Ocean and consequent attention of US, China and Japan towards it
Concern for India:
  • India gives more focus to Af-Pak ignoring other nations
  • Historic leverage in its neighbours is quickly weakening
  • India must learn to collaborate with neighbours rather than being a “lone ranger” in the region



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