May 28, 2012:
Hitting out at China just ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's departure to Myanmar, government sources on Sunday reportedly said India did not have any expansionist design and that its basic interest in developing relations with Myanmar was "peace and prosperity".
Singh landed in Myanmar's capital on Sunday evening on what is the first visit by an Indian PM in 25 years.
Manmohan Singh on Sunday said India and Myanmar would explore new initiatives and define a roadmap for further boosting of bilateral ties with focus on trade, investment and connectivity as he begins a three-day visit to that country.
Pointing out that India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Myanmar, a "close friend and neighbour", Singh said in a statement shortly before his departure for Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar's new capital, that "recent years have witnessed significant strengthening and expansion of our bilateral relations" and his coming visit "will provide an opportunity to review the progress in implementation of decisions" taken during the "highly successful visit" of Myanmar President Thein Sein to India in October last year.
"We will also consider new initiatives and define a roadmap for the further development of our cooperation in the years ahead," said Singh who will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Myanmar in quarter of a century since Rajiv Gandhi's visit in December, 1987.