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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into Australia on Monday, aiming to strengthen economic ties by tapping into his country's fastest-growing diaspora. Modi landed in Sydney, the last stop on his Asia-Pacific tour, looking to assert India's role as a regional power in the face of China's growing influence.

A young girl from the Indian diaspora sang a patriotic song to welcome the Indian Prime Minister to which PM Modi said, ‘ Ho Jaye’ to the young girl's request.

At Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena, organisers said 18,000 people were expected at an event Tuesday evening to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Look, there's going to be euphoria," said Jay Shah, a director at the India-Australia Diaspora Foundation, which is organising the show.

Asked about Australian media reports of divisions within India and the diaspora under Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP, Shah said he could not understand such claims being made of the world's largest democracy.

"We respect all the diverse views," he told AFP.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will attend the stadium event, addressing a crowd that few Australian politicians could muster, before hosting Modi at a summit on Wednesday.

Modi's trip comes as China expands its diplomatic, financial and military footprint in the Asia-Pacific region.

Over the weekend, the Indian leader joined a Quad summit in Japan with the leaders of the United States, Japan and Australia, aimed at countering Beijing's growing assertiveness.

*With agency inputs

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Updated: 22 May 2023, 05:43 PM IST
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