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Title: India sets up high-level group for South Asia energy security
Date:5 January 2021

The government has set up a high-level group headed by former Union power secretary Ram Vinay Shahi and tasked it with helping build a South Asia-focused energy security architecture, said two people aware of the development. Cross-border energy trade is a key part of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi’s neighbourhood-first policy, with plans to build energy links to check China’s growing influence. India’s energy diplomacy ranges from cross-border electricity trade to supplying petroleum products and setting up liquefied natural gas terminals. The high-level group, named the South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE), has been set up under the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)-run think tank Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). India is also moving ahead with its ambitious global electricity grid plan to take on China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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