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Modi heads to regional summit in shadow of China's growing sway

Indian leader to visit Nepal for meeting of seven-nation BIMSTEC bloc

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) with other BIMSTEC leaders in Goa in October 2016  @India's Press Information Bureau

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Nepal on Thursday to meet leaders of a bloc that straddles southern Asia for a summit that's being held in the shadow of China's rapidly expanding regional influence.

The seven-nation grouping, known as BIMSTEC, comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.

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