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International relations

Modi and Widodo to discuss bolstering maritime defense cooperation

India and Indonesia seek to counter China's growing regional dominance

The INS Kolkata leads other naval ships off the coast of Mumbai, India.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI/JAKARTA -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo will meet in Jakarta on Wednesday to talk about maritime defense cooperation in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean, where China is growing increasingly assertive.

Modi is to arrive Tuesday evening for a three-day visit. The two countries have been negotiating pacts in the fields of defense, space as well as science and technology. Some of the deals are expected to be signed during Modi's stay.

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