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Kunming meet revives BCIM link plan



NEW DELHI: The long-proposed 2,800-km-long Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor, after being dropped by Beijing from its Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) due to New Delhi's opposition, got a fresh lease of life at a recent meeting held by the four stakeholders in Kunming.

The participants agreed that comprehensive connectivity in roads, railways, waterways, aviation, energy and digital sectors will greatly enhance regional competitiveness, according to a joint statement by the four sides. The participants agreed at the meeting that it was necessary to widen the partnership to build this corridor, ET has learnt. The 2,800-km BCIM corridor proposes to link Kunming with Kolkata, via Mandalay and Dhaka.

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