in 2017 to attend the South Asian Sub regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Finance
      Ministers Meeting in New Delhi.
            His Majesty along with Her Majesty, and His Royal Highness Prince visited India in 2017.
      The visit was the first visit of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey to India. During the visit His
      Majesty the King of Bhutan had meetings with the President, Vice President, Prime Minister and
      other dignitaries.
            China: The bilateral relations between India and China have progressed under the overall
      context of Closer Developmental Partnership between the two countries even as both sides
      managed their differences through dialogue. There have been regular interactions at the summit
      level. The Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) Summit in China provided
      opportunities for interactions at ministerial as well as working level between the two countries
      across political, economic, security and cultural sphere.
            Maldives:       India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy continued to guide its multifaceted
      relations with Maldives. The specific focus during the period was on capacity and institution
      building, besides extending assistance in defence, health and education sectors. Exchange of
      visits at the level of policymakers added momentum to the close and friendly relationship.
            Mauritius:       India and Mauritius enjoy close political, economic, cultural and diaspora
      linkages. With 70 per cent of its population of Indian origin, Mauritius has been a hub for
      financial services and one of the largest routes for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into India.
      Mauritius is also an important gateway for Indian investments into Africa. There is close bilateral
      defence partnership, focusing in particular on maritime security.
            The India-Mauritius partnership further deepened and diversified across a broad spectrum
      during this period. The State Visit of Prime Minister of Mauritius to India in May 2017 and the
      visit by a Parliamentary delegation in June 2017 provided fresh momentum to our bilateral
      engagement. Indian development assistance projects currently underway in Mauritius added new
      content to this special partnership.
            Myanmar: India’s relations with Myanmar in 2017 continued to be special, with culture
      and people-to-people links being of particular strength and Buddhism providing a special link.
      Myanmar being the only Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) country adjoining
      India, therefore, remained as our gateway to South East Asia and India’s first partner in its ‘Act
      East’ Policy.
            The highlight of our bilateral relations with Myanmar in 2017 was the first state visit of
      Prime Minister to Myanmar in 2017. Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas of India also
      visited Myanmar in February 2017. In June 2017, the 6th India — Myanmar Joint Trade
      Committee (JTC) meeting was held in New Delhi. Besides, throughout 2017, India demonstrated
      strong commitment towards meeting Myanmar’s developmental needs through implementation
      of developmental projects, including training, provision of expertise, Lines of Credit (LOC)
      and/or grants-in-aid. Bilateral cooperation between the two countries aimed at promotion of
      inclusive growth and development to contribute to peace, prosperity and stability in the two
      countries as also in the region.
            Nepal:     India-Nepal relations derive strength and salience from age-old cultural and
      religious ties, close people-to-people contacts, multi-faceted economic and development