Asia Tomorrow

India vs China: It's not all about growth

Nyshka Chandran and Bryn Bache

India and China have been rivals on the geopolitical front for decades, but the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seen the economic rivalry between the two Asian heavyweights widen.

Modi's efforts to reduce inflation and implement business-friendly policies has helped India's star rise alongside China in terms of investor interest, altering Asia's economic balance.

But despite Modi's efforts, China remains well ahead on "soft power," which measures a country's ability to build a positive reputation through culture, values and civil institutions.

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Below, we compare the two Asian giants through a lens of soft power metrics.