05/19/2015 12:13 pm ET Updated May 19, 2015

India Plays Soft Power Game In China's Backyard

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To those who wonder why Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, was in distant Mongolia this week trying his hand at archery, playing a traditional fiddle and receiving the gift of a racehorse called Kanthaka (after Buddha’s mount), the short answer is: China.

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