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All Aboard China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Express

China’s railway from the Pacific to London showcases the country's turn toward Europe at a time of tension with the United States.

TO GO WITH STORY BY PARUL GUPTA 'INDIA-CHINA-DIPLOMACY-TRADE'  In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008 a Chinese soldier (L) and an Indian soldier stand guard at the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China.  When the two Asian giants opened the 4,500-metre-high (15,000 feet) pass in 2006 to improve ties dogged by a bitter war in 1962 that saw the route closed for 44 years, many on both sides hoped it would boost trade. Two years on, optimism has given way to despair as the flow of traders has shrunk to a trickle because of red tape, poor facilities and sub-standard roads in India's remote northeastern mountainous state of Sikkim.  AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Monsoons on the New Silk Road

China must gain India's trust on the security front in order to win Indian cooperation for its ambitious regional economic initiatives.

XIAN, CHINA - MAY 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting on May 14, 2015 in Xian, Shaanxi province, China. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon - Pool/Getty Images)

Modi’s Chinese Checkers

Modi's China visit was a triumph of style over substance, but cultural diplomacy may produce a meaningful shift in the relationship.

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