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India and Vietnam to strengthen defense ties against assertive China

President Tran's visit to New Delhi seen to boost strategic relationship

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Defense and maritime security cooperation are expected to top the agenda during Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang's three-day visit to India this week, as both countries strengthen their partnership to ward off China's growing influence.

Tran will land in India on Friday, the start of his visit, and is scheduled to hold a summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also meet with other members of the government.

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