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Sentry Duty On High Seas: Any Move To Contain China Is Welcome

China, Afghanistan and the Quad are the pressing issues that form the backdrop of PM Modi’s first in-person meeting with Joe Biden

Sentry Duty On High Seas: Any Move To Contain China Is Welcome
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There was an air of nervousness on the Indian side ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with US President Donald Trump in August 2017. Indian officials were tight-lipped, not sure what to expect from the erratic new president with a reputation of trashing established US foreign policy. By then, Trump’s statements on NATO and EU, and the damage he had done to tra­n­satlantic relations, were well known. But all misgivings dissipated when the two leaders met and hit it off famously.

This time around, before Modi and President Joe Biden have their first face-to-face interaction during the former’s US visit this week, there are no such qualms. Biden is a veteran politician, and his foreign policy agenda to contain a rising China in the Indo-Pacific fits with New Delhi’s concerns about Beijing’s muscle-flexing. India is a member of the four-nation Quad grouping and Modi will attend the Quad leaders’ summit in Washington on September 24, hosted by Biden in the White House.

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