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25 June 2014, The Independent

Is India worried about China’s influence in South Asia? Modi’s first foreign trip suggests so

Neelam Deo, Director, Gateway House, talks about the importance of Narendra Modi choosing Bhutan as the destination for first official foreign visit after being elected prime minister

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According to India’s newly elected Prime Minister, it was a “natural choice”. But at least a few observers were surprised Narendra Modi’s first official foreign visit would be to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

“The relationship between India and Bhutan is historic. The new government is committed to making this even stronger,” Mr Modi told the Bhutanese parliament in Thimpu on Monday. “If you walk a few steps, we too feel like walking those steps and supporting you.”