Delhi on drive to connect with Asia, Africa

In November last year, India and Bangladesh flagged off a new train service between Kolkata and Khulna in Bangladesh.
In November last year, India and Bangladesh flagged off a new train service between Kolkata and Khulna in Bangladesh.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI • As China pushes ahead with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), India - unable to offer an initiative on a similar scale - is focusing instead on infrastructure projects to improve connectivity in South Asia and beyond.

It has offered Nepal, which has embraced the BRI and is actively seeking Chinese investments in infrastructure, a railway link between the Nepali capital Kathmandu and Raxaul on the Indian border, as well as reviving the inland waterways of the Himalayan territory.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2018, with the headline 'Delhi on drive to connect with Asia, Africa'. Print Edition | Subscribe