While commercial ties between India and Vietnam are far from their potential, President Tran Dai Quang’s upcoming visit to Delhi is a sign of strong strategic convergence.
The snub comes amid rising tensions between India and the Maldives and China’s bid for a larger footprint in the Indian Ocean Region.
Vijay Gokhale’s trip comes two months after national security advisor Ajit Doval met China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi in Delhi.
The Pakistani military and government remain circumspect about the planned deployment of a thousand troops to Saudi Arabia.
India has mildly snubbed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his government’s association with Khalistan sympathizers, but the two countries have enough to talk about.
India’s ability to maintain friendly ties with the region’s rivals is admirable, but implicitly acknowledges the transactional nature of those relationships.
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