India, many ASEAN analysts here believe, should openly reiterate its position on an issue which will deeply affect New Delhi’s own future. There is a sense that India is piggybacking on the US. Even Cambodia, which is believed to be close to China, is crying out for an alternative partner. The India linkages here are for all to see — ranging from Ganesha idols to the Mekong river.
“Connectivity” is India’s mantra but its China that’s putting stakes on the ground. China is doing more on the Mekong river and Beijing is building the Kunming-Singapore links, while India’s trilateral highway to Thailand through Myanmar will take many more years to realize. The wasted opportunities are stacking up.