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Delhi's great power diplomacy: The Great Indian Rope Trick?

How is it possible that India is concurrently a member of the Quad as well as the Brics grouping as one, on the face of it, is the antithesis of the other?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Joe Biden (not pictured) during the Quad Leaders Summit in Tokyo on May 24, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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Earlier this week at the bilateral meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tokyo, United States President Joe Biden underlined his "commitment to making the US-India partnership among the closest we have on earth". Even after discounting Mr Biden's rhetoric, there is no doubt about the solid bet his administration has made on building deeper ties with India.

Delhi's persistent refusal to say even a word against the Russian invasion of Ukraine - the most important global issue of the moment - has not dimmed the strategic enthusiasm for India in the US, Australia and Japan, all four of which are partners in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad. Delhi, meanwhile, has steadily moved closer to the US and its allies on regional issues, making India a critical partner for shaping the future of Asia.

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