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When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited U.S. President Barack Obama to attend his country's Republic Day ceremonies earlier this year, it signaled an important change in relations between the world's two biggest democracies.With a population of 1.2 billion people, India is four times larger than the U.S., and likely to surpass China by 2025 .India also has significant military power, with an estimated 90-100 nuclear weapons, intermediate-range missiles, 1.3 million military personnel, and annual military expenditure of nearly $50 billion (3 percent of the world total). India's $2 trillion GDP is only a fifth of China's $10 trillion, and a ninth of America's $17.5 trillion (measured at market exchange rates).Even more striking, while 95 percent of the Chinese population is literate, the proportion for India is only 74 percent – and only 65 percent for women.India's high-tech exports are only 5 percent of its total exports compared to 30 percent for China.India is unlikely to develop the power to become a global challenger to the U.S. in the first half of this century. Indian economic success is an American interest on its own.
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