Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose neighboring country Bhutan for his first trip abroad. Modi was given a ceremonial welcome in Bhutan's capital Thimphu where he inaugurated a Supreme Court building constructed with Indian assistance. He also laid the foundation for a 600 megawatt hydroelectric power station, part of an energy cooperation plan to meet the country’s energy demand.
Modi’s decision to make Bhutan his first destination abroad is being seen as India’s bid to re-establish its status in the region that was overshadowed by a hyper-active China, which has been building ports in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and its allweather ally, Pakistan. It also overtook India as the biggest foreign investor in Nepal in the first six months of this year.