Analysis: The foreign policy challenges before PM Narendra Modi in second term
Updated : May 29, 2019 03:00 PM IST
After his swearing-in on Thursday, he will need to deftly navigate a trade war between the United States and China and rising tensions between the US and Iran, an important source of cheap oil for India's fast-growing economy.
As Modi returns to power for another five years, global leaders are looking to India to take on a larger burden of responsibility in the world, acting as a security buffer in the Indo-Pacific, opening its markets and responding to climate change, even though Modi struggled to manage many of India's domestic issues in his first term.
India needs to maintain close ties with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives, its traditional sphere of influence. But delays by Indian companies have led to cost overruns, prompting India's neighbors to look toward China for speedy development.
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