FOCUS: Japan aid for Indian islets carries China "strategic overtone"

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Japan's planned development aid for India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands carries a "geostrategic overtone," with some security experts saying it is part of initiatives to keep an increasingly assertive China in check. The 4.02 billion yen ($31 million) in aid comes as Japan and India have been promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific in coordination with the United States and Australia, the four regional democracies collectively known as the Quad. It marks the first time that India has accepted foreign assistance for development on the islands in the strategically important Bay of Bengal in the I...

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