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Countries step up to supply oxygen and medicine to India

'Vaccine diplomacy' arrives in South Asia with not-so-ulterior motives

A shipment of oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical supplies arrive from Russia on April 29. (Indian External Affairs Ministry via AP)

NEW DELHI -- The international community is scrambling to provide assistance to India, which is being ravaged by new coronavirus variants. But in leapfrogging one another to announce shipments of oxygen, medical supplies and other emergency aid, the U.S., European nations and dozens of other countries appear to be making certain diplomatic calculations.

India, which occupies a key position in terms of Indo-Pacific security, is in dire need of oxygen and drugs, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said Thursday during a news conference.

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