Secretary Clinton Op-Ed Appears in Times of India

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 17, 2009
Taj Mahal in India

Interactive Travel Map | Text the SecretarySecretary Clinton's op-ed, "Encourage Pakistan As It Confronts Extremism," appeared on the front page of this morning's Times of India.

At a time when headlines are often depressing, the United States' growing relationship with India is welcome good news. Recent elections in both countries have provided our new governments with an opportunity to broaden our partnership and take on the world's most pressing challenges.

President Obama and I are personally committed to this task, and I am working to advance this goal during my visit to New Delhi and Mumbai this week. Our two countries are defined by their demography, their democracy, and their diversity. Together, they are home to almost one out of every four human beings on the planet.

Our people share common interests, common values, and a common stake in the 21st century. We and the rest of the world have a lot to gain from our enhanced cooperation. India's 6% growth rate is a bright spot amid the global economic downturn, and bilateral trade and investment flows between our nations have doubled in the last five years.

Some Americans fear that greater partnership with India will mean lost jobs or falling wages in the United States. But if we manage our relationship well, both sides can benefit from India's economic progress. The 300 million members of India's burgeoning middle class present a vast new market and opportunity. Our countries should work together to open that market and spread the benefits of sustainable prosperity.

We have a shared asset in this task. Millions of Indian-Americans are active throughout every sector of our society. And there are 90,000 Indian students in the United States. In medicine, finance, engineering, and education, these unofficial envoys can serve as a conduit for future collaboration.

But for the United States, India's ascent is more than an economic phenomenon. Our nations should also work together to address common challenges including security, non-proliferation, and climate change. Our countries have experienced searing terrorist attacks. We both seek a more secure world for our citizens. We should intensify our defense and law enforcement cooperation to that end. And we should encourage Pakistan as that nation confronts the challenge of violent extremism.

Until recently, concerns about nuclear proliferation were a dominant theme in our relationship. The US-India civil nuclear agreement, a landmark accord completed last year by the Bush Administration with support from President Obama, Vice President Biden, and myself, allows us to transform non-proliferation from a point of contention into an area of cooperation. The agreement entails important benefits and responsibilities for both sides. President Obama has joined with generations of Indian leaders in calling for a nuclear free world. We are looking to New Delhi to work with us in realizing this vision. India recently signed an important agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, condemned North Korea's nuclear test, and became only the third state to completely destroy its chemical weapons stockpile. We hope to build on this progress and work together to strengthen the global non-proliferation regime.

Climate change is another area where India can be a vital partner. We want India's economy and people to prosper. At the same time, we can look for opportunities to help India achieve these goals while avoiding an old development model based on dirty fuels and outdated technology. Better environmental practices can and must complement economic growth. The United States and India share an interest in greening our economies. This is not only an ecological imperative, it is also an economic and strategic opportunity. Our countries and the world will gain if we can pool our expertise to increase cooperation on energy efficiency and improve the management of our forests and water. We should harness the talents of our engineers and entrepreneurs to speed the transition to a low-carbon economy, accelerate the deployment of clean technologies, and help bridge India's energy deficit. It is vital for our two countries to work together to find common ground this December in Copenhagen as we seek a strong international agreement to combat the challenge of climate change.

The tasks ahead won't be easy and our two nations won't always agree. But India's involvement will be crucial in addressing the range of challenges on the world's agenda. When President Truman announced the United States' decision to recognize India's independence in 1947, he acknowledged the great trials facing what was then a fragile country. But he also expressed his confidence that India would take its place at the forefront of the nations of the world and find the United States to be a constant friend. Today, President Obama and I believe we have the chance to forge a partnership worthy of that promise. I hope a new era of stronger cooperation between India and the United States will be one of the signature accomplishments of our new governments. The world has a lot riding on our cooperation.



New Jersey, USA
July 17, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Rock on, Hillary!

I never read what you write or hear what you say without being impressed by the breadth of your knowledge and your ability to organize and state that information in a way that makes sense to everybody. I'd rather be watching you say this as a speech on a video because you're so pretty to watch and pleasant to listen to, but your words, how ever you decide to present them, never fail in their wisdom.

You totally rock!

Massachusetts, USA
July 17, 2009

Stacy in Massachusetts writes:

Looking forward to updates on the trip -- everybody stay safe!

Colorado, USA
July 17, 2009

Paul in Colorado writes:

Spot on, Madam Secretary!

Georgia, USA
July 18, 2009

M in Georgia writes:

I hear that American companies are going to get contracts for building and maintaining two nuclear plants in India. In something that stinks of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, please don't help these corporate mercenaries make money off of innocent and poor victims again.

I'd request that the State Department please, please make sure that before this nuclear deal goes through, Union Carbide is properly punished for the utter inhuman disaster they created during the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and that finally, twenty years on at least, the relatives and children of victims gassed in their sleep get justice.

New Mexico, USA
July 17, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Just from the few comments I saw on her op-ed, the Indian people regard the Pakistani government and extremists as one and the same, much as we do the Taliban and al-quaida.

The biggest task is for the Pakistani government to do all it can to prove the thinking wrong.

That's not something we can do for them.

If they want moral support from India in their fight against extremism, they'll have to earn it.

With all that's transpired, elections in both nations, the Swat valley situation, Mumbai and a host of other issues, getting to the point where these two nations can sit down at the table and constructively discuss their main point of contention between then, Kashmir, will take some time and confidence building prior , so the negotiations stand a chance of success.

I have long felt that a permanent solution to this problem looks something like this:

Both nations abandon any thought of unilateral control over Kashmir, that they resolve to co-administrate the area as a designated co-national park, those born and raised there to be given dual citizenship in both countries, and revenue (taxes etc.) generated be divided equally by thirds, a third going to each nation and a third to local municipalities.

A co-national park service open to all who seek such employment regardless of nationality, cultural background, or religious preference.

Joint development and infrastructure projects can help build on this common sense approach to build trust among each other and the local population.

I do not believe the status quo serves anyone's long term interests.

They either learn how to share what they have in common, as the "common wealth", celebrate the diversity of their cultural heritages, or lose it forever if they choose to fight over it again.

Nuclear war is not an option.

Ari C.
July 17, 2009

Ari C. in Norway writes:

Dear State Department colleagues, Sec. Dr. Clinton et al,

Kevld fran Bergen, Norway (Evening).

I concur...

U.S. and Indian relations are very important GeoPolitically and especially in regards to Climate change issues.

At Harvard as I told Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department in Spring 2007, Hank Paulson at HBS...My desire has been that Kyoto II could be a nice revision including Indian & Chinese good efforts to help clean and maintain our beautiful World home.

The Asian Tigers can do great efforts for ALL.

Best Regards to Team Obama here from gorgeous, Green, Norway,

United States
July 17, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

Was destroying America's economy part of the "world's agenda" mentioned in the article?

It's not a "fear" that sending U.S. jobs to India and China has hurt America, it's a reality.

The plan of gradually lowering of American living standards in order to boost living standards in poorer countries by a transfer of jobs has resulted in near-total economic collapse in America and a job loss approaching one-half million jobs per month.

This deliberate plan may or may not have started with good intentions but it has ended in disaster that obviously cannot be adequately "managed". It was a mistake.

Millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs, their families, all because of this ongoing mistake. The loss of wealth in America has been horrible, the middle class all but destroyed, and here we read on about how wonderful it has been!

Is this how you are "managing the relationship" - 20 U.S. States have over 15% unemployment; California and many other states are bankrupt, and the job drain continues unabated as factories close for loss of sales, and the American malaise spreads across the world?

How could any American be more out of touch with their own country than to write an article praising the current disaster and suggesting that more of the same is beneficial "if we manage our relationship well"?

Helping the world community has been an unmitigated disaster for America. Have you seen the conditions in towns and cities across America -- the boarded up homes, the vacant stores, the abandoned factory buildings? How has our relationship with India helped that?

July 18, 2009

William in the Netherlands writes:

I think first stability is a key factor! In this case it is absolutly nessesary that the secret services of Pakistan and India work together in better way than before!If one can achieve that, then I think both countries will do better! If these two countries can work together then they might look for better solutions for Kashmir!Economicly speaking there should at least be a balance between The U.S. and India in orders of trade! for instance, they have 1 biljoen in trade then the other side to! That will create a balance in producing and products! Strong points each side!

July 20, 2009

Rosey writes:

Really very nice blog....
I think first stability is a key factor! In this case it is absolutly nessesary that the secret services of Pakistan and India work together in better way than before!If one can achieve that, then I think both countries will do better! If these two countries can work together then they might look for better solutions for Kashmir!Economicly speaking there should at least be a balance between The U.S. and India in orders of trade! for instance, they have 1 biljoen in trade then the other side to! That will create a balance in producing and products! Strong points each side!


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