Our ties beyond 'mutual interest', Narendra Modi tells Donald Trump

Our ties beyond 'mutual interest', Narendra Modi tells Donald Trump

The use of the term "Indo-Pacific" by President Trump has led to speculation that it may have something to do with Washington preparing the ground for a revival of the so called quadrilateral strategic alliance between the US, Japan, Australia and India to counter China's rise.

Manila: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked Indians to work hard to ensure that the 21st Century belongs to India and said his government was making every effort to transform the country and take it to new heights.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with President Donald Trump in the Philippines shows the "strategic convergences" in geopolitics and economy between India and the US, India's envoy Navtej Sarna has said.

"We are working on the early conclusion of the Agreement on Maritime Transport between India and ASEAN and are exploring coastal shipping services with countries that are our immediate maritime neighbours", he added. Equally, it puts the "Indo-Pacific" and ties with the USA centre-stage in India's Act East policy, in all three spheres: political, strategic and economic.

Modi also met newly elected New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"The relations between India and the U.S. are growing, and I also feel that the relationship between India and the USA is not only of mutual interest".

"The centrepiece and kind of a strong foundation of that relationship have always been centred around the growth of trade and commerce between the two countries", she said.

At the bilateral talks held Monday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, Duterte said he wanted to talk about trade with Modi, identifying the production of medicine as a particular point of interest.

The overt USA support for a "great" Indian military is a new and relatively recent feature of the bilateral relationship. "And so we didn't get here overnight and are going to solve it overnight", Shah said.

Indian companies, she said, have not only added value to United States economy but are investing in American communities as well, she said.

Referring to his recent visit to Japan, Bera said the Japanese are "very bullish" on India.

"So, this relationship has great deal of potential and we are very excited about it", Shah said. "We have exceptionally good political and people-to-people relations with each and every country in the ASEAN region", he said.



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