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China in mind, British PM visits India to boost Indo-Pacific ties

Johnson expected to urge Modi to take a strong stand against Russia

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a meeting during the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021. (File photo by Reuters) 

NEW DELHI -- Battling a deepening scandal at home, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is getting a couple of days' breathing space with a trip to India to discuss bilateral defense and security ties to counter China's rising dominance in the Indo-Pacific region.

Johnson is expected to impress upon the Indian leadership to take a strong stand against Russia, a country which New Delhi has not outrightly condemned so far over its invasion of Ukraine. His trip will be followed by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday.

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