I remember discussing this on the SB some weeks back, but I just thought that this merits a thread of its own, on a forum like DFI: I think we should negotiate with Mynamar to purchase this strip of land marked in red below: I think purchasing this bit of land will be useful to India in more ways than one. The US purchased Alaska decades back, and when the cold war began, they might have thanked their stars that their forefathers acted with such foresight. The Myanmar GDP is around $13.1 billion - for the entire nation. I think it is worth offering Myanmar $5 billion, if not more, for this land. The advantages, as I see it, are immense. I need not enumerate them in this forum, it is obvious to everyone here. A massive naval base and port city can be the starting point for development on that patch of land. Massive highways and train lines linking the said port city to the North East will be the next step. I have not delved deep into the details of demography and topography on that strip of land, and the path leading up to N-E India from there. But I think it is a worthwhile investment, no matter what the conditions are. Technology and industry can overcome whatever problems one might encounter there.