Bengal’s strategic location be a pivot to realising the Act Asia Policy.
West Bengal's geopolitical situation has a distinct advantage which makes it possible for it to become the gateway to East and South East Asia. Its geographical proximity to eight states of the North-East and four nations (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Myanmar) opens up ample opportunities to become the grandstand for Act Asia policy. Its land proximity to the North-East can act as a potential axis for the North-East – Myanmar connectivity, which emerged as a new dimension of Indo–Pacific outreach after Myanmar attained full democracy in November 2016. Myanmar is the gateway to ASEAN. It is the only nation in ASEAN which has both sea and road borders with India, covering 1,643 kilometres. Analysts believe that West Bengal can act as the Indian Silk Road to Myanmar, and then to ASEAN.