Peace and Freedom

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The start of missile talks could entirely alter New Delhi’s ties in the region.

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Headlines covering the visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to New Delhi last week all concluded that India was “daring the dragon”. There were two big takeaways from the talks between the two countries: New Delhi’s $100 million line of credit to Vietnam that includes four naval vessels that Hanoi can use to patrol the disputed South China Sea with, and an offer of additional blocks in the same area.

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This seemed to signal India’s willingness to annoy Beijing in its own backyard Both the announcements drew immediate reaction from Beijing and comments from across the press that Narendra Modi was more than willing to take on China, despite strolling the banks of the Sabarmati with its president earlier in the year. But much of…

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