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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama’s first presidential visit to India offers a unique opportunity to cement a global partnership with a rapidly emerging power. Set to become the world’s third- or fourth-largest economy by 2030, India could become America’s most important strategic partner.

In coming decades, a strong bilateral partnership will prove vital in managing the rise of China and promoting an Asian balance of power that is favorable to India, the United States and Asia as a whole. India’s success as a democracy also strengthens freedom globally and protects broader American interests.

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