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The Agartala DoctrineA Proactive Northeast in Indian Foreign Policy$
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Subir Bhaumik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463800.001.0001

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BCIM-EC and the Northeast

BCIM-EC and the Northeast

A Case for Graduated Engagement

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(p.168) 8 BCIM-EC and the Northeast
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The Agartala Doctrine
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Binoda Kumar Mishra

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463800.003.0009

It is argued that India’s approach to its Northeast.and towards the BCIM-EC initiative is not practically grounded. The failure of Look East Policy in bringing development to the Northeast amply proves that Northeast is yet to be provided with a viable and economically complementary partner to interact with. In any logical analysis, China is only such suitable economic partner for Northeast India. An attempt is made to look at the India’s economic fears in opening out Northeast to the Chinese and specific concerns of India regarding engaging China, Myanmar and Bangladesh are also discussed. They are not necessarily economic. Considering the Sino-Indian strategic juxtaposition, India’s real and perceived apprehensions, and the prospects of BCIM-EC for the Northeast, an argument is made for graduated engagement. It makes a case for sector specific opening of India’s Northeast to Chinese investment.

Keywords:   BCIM-EC, Look East, Northeast India, Yunnan, Kunming, China’s southwest

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