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Is Modi's India a friend or foe to the US?
Is Modi's India a friend or foe to the US? | GZERO World

Is Modi's India a friend or foe to the US?

What is an ally? How is it different from a strategic partner? At what point does a shared interest between two nations bloom into a full-fledged alliance? Those questions are at the heart of the DC-Delhi relationship.

So, is India a US ally? Based on the pomp and circumstance surrounding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Washington in June, the answer seems obvious, right? They love us! We love them! End of story. Right?

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India is not a US ally ... or is it?
India is not a US ally ... or is it? | GZERO World

India is not a US ally ... or is it?

If the United States and India were ever to make it Facebook official, their status would be: "It's Complicated." These two global behemoths may seem like close allies, especially judging by the warm welcome President Biden gave Prime Minister Modi during his White House visit in June, but in reality, they are anything but best friends.

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Ian Explains: Is India a US ally? It's complicated
Ian Explains: Why the US-India relationship status is...complicated | GZERO World

Ian Explains: Is India a US ally? It's complicated

Whose side is India on? Well, it's complicated. Based on the plushest of red carpets that President Biden rolled out for the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his White House visit in June, one might think the two were the closest of allies. But India has a long history of what it used to call "strategic non-alignment" and now refers to as "multilateralism."

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US President Joe Biden holds a virtual meeting from the White House with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Biden takes his shot with Modi

Since the end of the Cold War, every US president has tried to boost relations with India. After all, closer defense ties with the world’s largest democracy would advance US interests in Asia, and an opening of economic ties with the world’s most populous country would create enormous opportunities for US companies and consumers.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar hold a news conference in Washington, DC.

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US warns India on dealing with Russia: “Pakistan is Plan B”

After years of favoring New Delhi, the US is now back to balancing between India and Pakistan.

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