In his paper on “India as a Regional Power in the BIMSTEC and the Indo-Pacific Region” Atish Biswas argues that several factors have been attributed to India’s rise in recent years- its rapidly growing economy, demography, advancement in science and technology, large military force and its strategic location with a huge potential for trans-oceanic commerce. He adds that India’s role as regional power in the Indo-Pacific Region is gaining considerable importance and in recent years India has shifted its focus from the SAARC and turned towards the BIMSTEC, which consists of four SAARC members and two ASEAN Members . His paper analyses India’s rise as a regional power in the BIMSTEC and the Indo- Pacific region with a special focus on trade and investment (an area of crucial importance) and transport and communication (an area where India is the lead country).
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