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International relations

India develops major-power diplomacy as Trump tears up status quo

Modi steps up relations with China and Russia in quest for multipolar world order

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in Russia May 21.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have made it his mission in 2018 to strengthen his country's presence in the international political arena, having bolstered relations with China, Russia and France, as well as Iran and various other Middle Eastern countries.

The Indian prime minister's multifaceted diplomatic drive comes as the unilateralism of U.S. President Donald Trump upsets many of the subtle balances in the Middle East and in the established world trade order. And it appears to be bearing fruit.

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