Modi looks east

Modi looks east

Indian PM seeking enhanced maritime, trade and cultural links when he visits Thailand in June.

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha joins Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi during the Thai prime minister's visit to India in late January for Republic Day celebrations.
Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha joins Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi during the Thai prime minister's visit to India in late January for Republic Day celebrations.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be bringing a long to-do list when he touches down in Thailand in early June. It includes joint defence manufacturing, cruise tourism, maritime transport, a possible "white shipping" agreement, highway transport via Myanmar, and strengthening of cultural links, among others.

Mr Modi's trip, the first by an Indian prime minister to Thailand in five years, will come three months before Thailand becomes the country coordinator for India with Asean.

The visit will come about 18 months before India hopes to complete the trilateral highway connecting its northeastern region with Myanmar and Thailand, opening an important new route to Southeast Asia.

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