Play nice with your neighbors, and they will repay you. That seems to be the new mantra in India’s political and business circles. Diplomats and businessmen are touting a new, benevolent, and open-handed approach to neighbors like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and even Pakistan.The offensive is not aimed at forming political alliances against China, nor at countering China’s “string of pearls,” say officials. “India’s priority is democracy and stability,” one high commissioner told the Economist. It is also about money: “The Confederation of Indian Industries in Delhi says that if basic tariffs [on trade with Pakistan] are cut, bilateral trade, now just $2.7 billion a year, could easily reach $10 billion by 2015. If all barriers were removed, trade in cars, chemicals, cotton and other goods could be worth $25 billion a year.”A politically balanced Asia-Pacific region, where all countries compete for riches and where no one country dominates the others, is exactly what Washington hopes to facilitate. India’s friendly outreach to neighbors (even Pakistan)—an outreach that does not involve “meddling” or “destabilizing”—is good news for President Obama’s pivot to Asia. To promote peaceful growth in Asia, Washington will look mainly at India. All seems peachy on that front so far.