May 27, 2017
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Connecting links
Prospects and challenges for the Trilateral Highway The balance of power is consistently pivoting toward Asia as it enhances trade with the rest of the world. In the meantime, in Asia, there is an emerging trend of multi-modal connectivity projects, cutting through country boundaries to boost economic as well as strategic ties. These projects are creating a strategic land and sea infrastructure in the region while they significantly alter the geo-political landscape. Of these, one of the most important is the 3,200 kilometers highway connecting India and Thailand through Myanmar. However, though the prospects that come along with such connectivity can hardly been understated, the trilateral highway has been in the pipeline for years. Despite a strong political will for completing it, it faces challenges that must be addressed soon so that the benefactor countries can reap the benefits, avoiding unnecessary handicaps. The trilateral highway plans to connect India with Thailand through Myanmar. The road network of the highway will connect Moreh in Manipur, India to Mae Sot in Thailand via Bagan and Rangoon in Myanmar. Regional growth It aims to create a new economic zone as a means to consolidate regional growth, cooperation and integration by linking the landlocked North-Eastern India to South-East Asia. The Head of States of the three countries set the deadline for its completion at 2016. But the project suffered its fair share of setbacks for
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