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China's game plan: Alienate India by investing in South Asian neighbours

China is crucial for Myanmar as its largest trade partner, source of investment, the report said

IANS  |  Beijing 

Chinese port terminal seen in Made island outside Kyaukphyu, Myanmar(Photo: Reuters)
Chinese port terminal seen in Made island outside Kyaukphyu, Myanmar(Photo: Reuters)

must pursue economic integration with countries like to promote "a string of active economic development zones surrounding India", a Chinese newspaper has reported.

"should keep a close eye on economic cooperation with some South Asian countries like to promote economic integration," a report in the state-run Global Times said on Tuesday.

"This could promote the formation of a string of active economic development zones surrounding India, which would not be a bad thing if it could place pressure on New Delhi to deepen its economic cooperation with neighbouring countries."

The daily added that hopefully could make a greater contribution to improving infrastructure in under the framework of the Bangladesh-China-India-Economic Corridor.

"This would help to connect the markets in India, and Southeast Asia, the world's three most active economic regions."

The report said that as a key strategic location connecting and India, was reportedly ramping up efforts to make itself a new offshore trading hub in Asia.

As Myanmar's largest trade partner and largest source of investment, was crucial for Myanmar's external-policy strategy.

It said that was going all out to make the visit by Myanmar's military chief a resounding success following tensions on the border between and China, "but there is no reason for to feel any anxiety".

"is unlikely to do a stupid thing like supporting India's stand on the tensions in the border area as that would risk cutting its economic ties with

"There is tremendous potential for further economic and trade cooperation between and Myanmar," it added.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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