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Awkward hole in India's election debate -- foreign policy

Politicians on the stump ignore China and other key issues new government will face

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Modi and Xi Jinping agreed to reset relations at an informal summit in Wuhan last year. But to what effect?   © Reuters

With the national election approaching, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's focus is squarely on domestic politics. After holding a secure grip on power for nearly five years, the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faces a tough election fight following defeats in three key state-level polls in December.

Foreign affairs are understandably low on the election agenda. But after the vote, India's new government -- whether led by Modi or not -- will have to consider urgently the foreign-policy challenges, above all an ascendant China's muscular revisionism.

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