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To Counter China, India Pushes East

Nov 10, 2017 | 10:00 GMT
With its Act East policy, India is focused on strengthening its trade and infrastructural ties with Southeast Asia.

With its Act East policy, India is focused on strengthening its trade and infrastructural ties with Southeast Asia.

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India has long looked east across the Bay of Bengal to Southeast Asia. Throughout its history, Indian traders and missionaries plying its waters for Malaysia and Indonesia brought Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism to the region with them. Those ties have lingered into the present, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has touched upon their shared cultural and religious connections through soft power diplomacy as part of his government's Act East policy....

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