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PM Modi's trips to Australia & Fiji suggest keenness to play larger role in Asia-Pacific region

2014-11-30 10:08:21       source:Economic Times

November 30, 2014

"The aspiration of becoming a power in Asia-Pacific or as some would say Indo-Pacific is not a new one as India has made quiet but sure moves in the last few years in this key region of the globe. Yet India could not make a splash and project its presence — not at least the way neighbouring China has been able to make inroads.

The trend, however, seems to be changing with Narendra Modi's recent trips to Australia and Fiji — the first by an Indian prime minister in three decades — signalling that Delhi is keen to share greater responsibility in the region. And his earlier trip to Japan combined with meetings with top Vietnamese leaders further reinforced that India is not shying away from expanding defence and security partnerships, hoping to bring stability and balance in the region amid China's growing ambitions and assertions that have been a matter of concern in various capitals."

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