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International relations

India to play diplomatic balancing act with US

'Two-plus-two' dialogue expected to touch on Iran and Russia sanctions

Indian and U.S. soldiers take part in joint military exercises in September 2016.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and India will hold a meeting of defense and foreign ministers on Thursday in New Delhi, an occasion that will test India's diplomatic skills.

The two countries seek to unite against China's mounting regional influence. At the same time, India is pursuing warmer ties with China and maintains close relationships with U.S. adversaries Iran and Russia, to certain extent.

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