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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 ($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.”

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