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10 August 2007

Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Initiative: a free E-Book


10 Aug 2007

IRASEC, Bangkok, Thailand

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"Mekong-GANGA COOPERATION INITIATIVE: A analysis and Assessment of India's Engagement with Greater Mekong Sub-region By Swaran Singh, Irasec, Occasional Paper, no. 3, 2007, 72 pages ISBN : 978-974-7552-18-8 It can be downloaded [PDF format, 985 KB - ed] from on our website at [the URL below]

From October 2006, India holds the Chair of the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Initiative (MGCI). Cambodia and Thailand have held this position for three years each before India, and in that order. MGCI was launched on 10th November 2000 in Vientiane (Laos) and aims at rekindling the cultural links between India and the five riparian states of the Mekong River, namely, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. It is from here that India seeks to strengthen connectivity through building the physical and social infrastructure in these countries. This includes roads, rails, air links and information and communication technologies as also education, culture, and imparting skills in development management and other technical areas. It is only with a robust engagement of this nature that MGCI may evolve a lasting socio-political and economic partnership with this region and take it further in enhancing IndiaĆ¢s military and strategic equations with these countries. India has taken scores of major initiatives under the MGCI and this newfound enthusiasm has also provided a boost to India's bilateral relations with each country. As this study shows, the results, however, remain a mixed bag and India needs to accelerate its footwork to implement its grand vision and to keep pace with other major stakeholders in this region. In particular, progress made by China has been far too rapid and this has put China in the lead and this remains a subject of debate both inside and outside the Mekong region.

The Author - Dr. Swaran Singh is Associate Professor at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and Academic Consultant at Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi). He is currently President (2005-2010) of the Association of Asia Scholars (AAS, New Delhi) for South Asia chapter. He lectures regularly at several military and academic institutions in India and abroad and has traveled to and written extensively on China and Southeast Asia with special interest in perspectives on India's interests, equations and priorities. - ss."

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