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Western leaders are making a sensible bet on India

By Martin Wolf

18 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. On this basis, closer western relations with India make good sense. Joe Biden’s warm embrace of the once-banned Narendra Modi, now its politically dominant prime minister, in Washington and Emmanuel Macron’s equally warm embrace of the Indian leader in Paris are aimed at forging a close relationship with a country expected to be a powerful counterweight to China. Is this a good bet for western powers? Yes. India is indeed likely to be a rising great power. Interests also align. But how far values are shared is a more open question.

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