U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi).

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One year after Modi, U.S.-India and China-Pakistan ties deepen

May 25, 2015, Bruce Riedel

A year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was inaugurated, a bipolar alliance system in South Asia has hardened, writes Bruce Riedel, with the United States and India drawing closer together on one hand, and China and Pakistan strengthening ties on the other. The informal but tight alliance system is the culmination of a long and complex process that began in 1962, argues Riedel, explaining that when Mao invaded India, Kennedy came to Nehru’s salvation and Ayub Khan then began to court Beijing.

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