In several other countries around the world Chinese brought in for the projects are being encouraged to settle down and take up small commercial activities. The largest influx of Chinese workers, many of whom could ultimately settle down to form Chinese colonies is wherever China is undertaking port construction and linking infrastructure projects or where the Chinese have taken out long leases from the host governments, especially those in dire financial straits.
India stood behind Myanmar since its resumption of ties in 1991 in an era of sanctions discarding global concerns. However, it has failed to generate enough interest in the hermit state to bolster its geo strategic needs, trade and transit.
The track record of Indian foreign policy in tackling with the Eastern neighbours is at best short sighted and mired with domestic political considerations rather than having a long term perspective. Time is running short as India dithers and China moves at a canter to occupy the strategic space vacated or not occupied by India. The returns of exploiting the gateway to South East Asia can not be bargained politically.The government has to build domestic consensus and speed up its international initiatives for the larger strategic, economic and political good.