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NE Insurgency not to affect Bangladesh ,China ties: India

v-k-singhIndia has said insurgency in the North East will not have any impact on its efforts to improve connectivity with Bangladesh, Myanmar and China under the ‘Act East’ policy.

Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (Retd) V K Singh, said New Delhi is committed to improving connectivity as part of its ‘Act East policy. On a question, regarding the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation, Mr Singh said the India-Asian highway project which runs through Bangladesh and Siliguri corridors will probably linkup with the BCIM and go up to Thailand.

Mr. Singh, who is in Kunming city to attend the China-sponsored South Asia Expo, said Friday in a brief response to question on the Manipur attack in which 18 soldiers were killed. He said various security agencies in the Ministry of Home Affairs take care of it. The Minister said India has decide to upgrade its relationship and in this regard economic linkages like trade and commerce and people-to-people contacts are important issues.

Mr. Singh is leading a 200-member Indian business and trade delegation to take part in the Expo. India is the ‘country of honour’ at this year’s Expo.

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