India and the United States have been cementing an ever closer partnership since the start of the millennium. Yet, at least in Asia, India has tried to steer clear of America's geopolitical contest with China.
Take, for example, the South China Sea: In 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then US President Barack Obama called upon all parties to resolve disputes amicably under international law. Yet, the following year, when China refused to abide by an international tribunal ruling, India chose not to pass comment.
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