"The reasons for mutual good will are compelling," it said noting "China has the ability to channel billions of dollars into Indian infrastructure and manufacturing projects". Beijing also "needs calm on its southwestern border to offset tense relationships with Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and United States."

 

Noting that Modi's ‘diplomatic blitz’ will culminate with a visit to US at the end of the month, the news daily said Washington "has had little opportunity to build a relationship with Modi, largely because it imposed a punitive visa ban" over his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

 

"The United States also lacks the economic leverage of China and Japan, which can offer major investment in Indian packages," it said. "The United States can, however, throw its support behind some projects that matter to Modi, like the development of smart cities and the manufacture of American-designed weapons in India."

And whether or not it is openly discussed, the United States is closely allied with Japan and can play a balancing role in maritime security disputes with China, a subject that is clearly on Modi's mind," said the news article.

 

The news paper further said the first visit by a Chinese head of state in eight years underscored "the increasingly important economic and strategic partnership between the world's two most populous nations".

 

"China is India's largest trading partner and trade and investment will undoubtedly be foremost on both leaders' minds," it said. "Geo-strategic cooperation between the two countries is slightly trickier, and has been marked by contentious border disputes and maritime disagreements," newspaper noted.

 

"However, it increasingly seems that the border disputes will not occupy much of the conversation between Xi and Modi, at least not publicly," the newsmagazine suggested. Meanwhile, previewing Modi's upcoming visit to US, Nisha Desai Biswal, assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs, on Wednesday reiterated that US has a broad relationship with India and wanted New Delhi to have good relationships with all its friends in the region, including China.

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