Australia, the US, India and Japan are talking about plans for a regional scheme to counterbalance China's growing influence, a report says. A US official spoke of an "alternative" rather than a "rival" plan.
Indian PM Narendra Modi recently concluded a tour of the Middle East and is now hosting Iranian President Rouhani in New Delhi. Incredibly, Modi has been able to maintain good ties with all Middle Eastern rivals.
The unfolding political emergency in the Maldives has prompted calls for India to intervene and resolve the deteriorating situation. The crisis poses both a diplomatic and ideological challenge for New Delhi.
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