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International relations

India offers carrots to 'pro-China' neighbors Sri Lanka, Nepal

Political instability in South Asia opens diplomatic doors for New Delhi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, hosts Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba in New Delhi on April 2.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI/BEIJING -- India is stepping up diplomacy toward neighboring countries seen as "pro-China," including Sri Lanka and Nepal, which have been rocked by political and economic instability.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in recent weeks has offered infrastructure and financial assistance, apparently seizing an opportunity to pull these neighbors closer as part of a multi-pronged diplomatic strategy, which also includes strengthening security ties with the West and Japan through the Quad framework.

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