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Wrapping up an account of the Narendra Modi government’s foreign policy activism in its first hundred days in office, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj claimed last week that Indian diplomacy had moved into high gear with its “fast-track diplomacy”. The foreign ministry’s public diplomacy division has published a colourful booklet filled with photographic evidence of the government’s impressive global engagement in the past three months.

 
 

The visit to the White House of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, at the end of this month has occasioned considerable interest, mainly, it appears, because of the ridiculous visa ban imposed on him by the United States of America since 2005, which the Americans have now recanted. The prime minister has the advantage of knowing that few will expect any great break-through from the visit, unlike his encounters with other major powers like Japan and China. 

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in India Wednesday on a three-day visit that would see trade and investment topping the agenda of talks between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi besides other bilateral issues.

 

Soon after winning the election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India spoke to Korean President Park Geun-hye, who reportedly called and expressed confidence that the “strategic partnership” between India and Korea will expand in all areas under his leadership.

 

After Nepal and Japan, the US is the next big destination for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. If the signals from Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel are any indication, defence cooperation alone will ensure the success of the visit. 

 
Modi government’s neighbourhood initiative, which started even before the government was sworn-in, in the form of invitation to SAARC heads of Government and State, has widely been acclaimed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi established personal contacts with the SAARC leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and paid two official visits to Bhutan and Nepal. 
 

Incidents instigated by the Pakistan military along the frontlines in Jammu and Kashmir are as predictable as the seasons. It is never too difficult to ascertain when they will begin and end. This year too, they are panning out in a similar manner. 

 
My visit to India reflects Australia’s desire for India to be in the first rank of Australia’s relations. Australia and India have always been comfortable in each other’s presence. 
 

When they meet in New Delhi on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott should, hopefully, clinch the long-awaited agreement on civil nuclear cooperation that would allow Canberra to export uranium to India. 

 
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NEW DELHI: Two months ago Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled a summit with Japan because he wanted a substantive visit. On Monday, Japan and India ramped up ties in a significant way, laying the way for India's economic development and transformation. It also gives a good peek into what Modi's foreign policy is really like.

 


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