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International relations

Modi wields carrots and sticks to dominate India's neighbors

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to bring South Asia into India's sphere of influence, hoping to increase his neighbors' reliance on India through infrastructure projects.

     Modi, in addition to dangling the carrot of assistance, is also wielding the stick, punishing countries in the region that cozy up to China. The question is whether the hardball tactics will succeed in creating an India-led economic bloc.

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