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Summit of giants: Modi goes to China

A pendulum toy in front of a Chinese flag
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have one big goal for their summit today: dial down the tensions in a relationship that's full of them.

The big picture: As China ramps up its investments in South Asia through its trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, India feels increasingly encircled — and threatened. India sees itself as China's equal, but Beijing doesn't see it that way at all. That makes cooperation difficult.