Trump Administration On Supporting Bilateral Ties And Strengthening Cooperation With India.
Post on 02,December 2017   5:53 AM
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The joint statement released by India and US can be seen as a renewed interest of Trump administration to actively engage with India not only in bilateral but also in global issues.

Details on various agreements and concords:

  • Cited as a “game changer” deal, US has cleared the sale of 22 unmanned Guardian drones to India, with estimated to worth $2-3 billion, it has been approved by the State Department.
  • Both leaders announced their intention to ‘build on the implementation of the “White Shipping” data sharing arrangement in accordance with maritime security and data sharing. Under this agreement countries would be able to share data on maritime traffic and domain awareness.
  • This deal would have an impact on the upcoming MALABAR naval exercise, with the leaders being determined to expand their engagements on shared maritime objectives and on exploring new exercises.
  • In a joint statement, the leaders called on Pakistan to ensure its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries and further called on Pakistan to “expeditiously bring to justice perpetrators” of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot, and other cross-border terrorist attacks by Pakistan-based groups. The US State Department moved to make Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a Designated Global Terrorist,a move that was welcomed by India.
  • Moreover US committed to UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism which is an an Indian initiative.
  • From environment point of view, Climate change, which was a major component of Mr. Modi’s engagement with Mr. Obama, did not come up in the joint statement with Mr. Trump. USA under Mr. Trump had already announced that the US would be pulling out of the landmark Paris accord, pointing fingers at India and China. Though US has supported for India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council, membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, and the Australia Group.
  • Blaming China and Pakistan for North Korea’s “continued provocations” India-US cooperation, strengthened further. Further emphasizing on coalition of democracies against any undemocratic power (China), Mr. Trump regarded India and US to be the two “democratic stalwarts in the Indo-Pacific region”. His words also reflected possible non-accordance with China in trade and commerce as well encouraging free navigation and mobility across South China Sea. On Afghanistan Mr. Trump welcomed “further Indian contributions to promote Afghanistan’s democracy, stability, prosperity, and security”.
  • GES is a key foreign policy initiative of former President Barack Obama to bring together global entrepreneurs and innovators, and India will be hosting its next edition. Favorably The President’s daughter will lead the U.S delegation to Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in coming time. 
  • The insertion of an entire section titled “Increasing Free and Fair Trade” can be regarded as an attempt at putting USA’s concerns on bilateral trade especially with references to “balancing the trade deficit”, “protecting innovation”, and “increasing market access”. U.S. LNG for India Foreign Secretary told that from next year liquefied natural gas (LNG) from US will start flowing to India.

Concluding Remark: The two leaders were able to establish a common understanding on global issues, the joint statements on a whole lacks concord on various bilateral issues that are yet to be resolved. Nevertheless both the leaders have exceeded the unsaid expectations for their first meeting. Mentioning North Korea, West Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the statement talks of a “growing strategic convergence” inclined towards India along with a fruitful shared vision on world affairs. India’s concerns on territorial and sovereignty issues were emphasized by USA administration and hence this is a welcome gesture especially in times so erratic and diversified. 

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