U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue Showcases Breadth of Partnership

Posted by Robert O. Blake
June 4, 2010
Secretary Clinton with India Foreign Minister Krishna

About the Author: Robert O. Blake serves as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.

I had the honor of participating in the plenary session of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, a high-level, two and a half hour gathering of Indian and American senior officials. This was the first time that such a large group of Cabinet-level officials from India and the United States sat around a table to think strategically about our relations.

The diversity of the attendees and topics really showcased the breadth of our partnership. After Secretary Clinton and Indian External Affairs Minister Krishna highlighted the broad areas of our cooperation and the exceptional promise for even deeper engagement, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke discussed the doubling of our trade over the last five years and the significant potential to continue this robust growth, including in high tech trade. FBI Director Robert Mueller addressed our growing counter-terrorism cooperation, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden reviewed the potential for greater space collaboration.

On the Indian side, Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal brought up the many new opportunities in education as the Indian Parliament considers a bill to open the higher education system to foreign investment. Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwahlia spoke eloquently of the huge urban growth that will take place in India and the important chance we can work together to help ensure that India meets those needs by taking advantage of the latest high-efficiency low-carbon technologies. Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan commented on our chance to build innovation partnerships to strengthen our knowledge economies.

Others at the table brought up women's empowerment, climate change, civil nuclear cooperation, defense trade, assistance coordination and infrastructure development, among other topics.

The wide-ranging session shows that our two countries have come a long way in advancing activities that will benefit not only our two peoples but the entire world, from more accessible education to cleaner air to more productive farmers. While we have collaborated for several years on many of these items, we never had the overarching framework and the chance to benefit from the wide-ranging experiences of our leaders, breaking down stovepipes and allowing new synergies so we can take our partnership to new heights.

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June 5, 2010

Aqeel K. in Pakistan writes:

India is truly indispensable partner of U.S to bring change in this region for that U.S needs to strenthen India over china..because big trust deficit between china and U.S may be there whereas india (ex bloc of ex- USSR) wants to be the regional superpower at this time ,then it will advance .At the moment,it mariage of convenience between US and India.

FOR china,i would say u never get what you desrve but what you negotiate.

Illinois, USA
June 5, 2010

Khadija in Illinois writes:

Dear Sir

india does not accepts US passports from our citizens based on their ethnicity and National Origin.Like India refuses to accept US passports from US citizens who originate from Pakistan but are US citizens.

What is our policy for that when some country profiles our citizens based on their origin or ethnicity? The question is not about Visa issuance or denial. It is that every US citizen should be allowed to APPLY and use his/her US passport at all embassies of countries whose citizens can use their Passports openly at our embassies without any discrimination. We should not be profiled as we do not profile Indian nationals and treat them with respect.

Thank you

Ashim C.
June 5, 2010

Ashim C. in India writes:

It is heartening to note that Mr. Robert Blake has mentioned so many ares of cooperation. Doubling of trade in next five years is welcome and seems achievable. One would expect this to be as equally devided between high tech exports from USA and exports of Indian services and such goods as are labour intensive. I would like to mention about housing and construction and financing of this sector in rural areas, small towns and slums in cities as a priority area. This area promises export of sustainable building material technology from USA and economic empowerment of people at grass root level and much snowballing of India economy. Needless to say it can make Indo-US cooperation very visible in India.

South Korea
June 5, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Bank levy, bank levy think that certainly must be introduced. now, is appropriate and thinks a process and the method which are legitimate that the support which leads is necessary. (Fact does not care a means and a method,). Their confrontation method the disruption of policy knows, thinks about existence of governmental oneself challenge.

When the ranking ascends and to knows, when I talk what kind of and who is to read and decreases the expectation feeling rises to is glad. About interest joy existence but,

Enjoyed, to not to be thinks, became dangerously.

Thank You.

P.S All results think about India the thing of Secretary of State. Is fine. (Me ages and thinks that goes. Time as flowing, the skin becomes thick. The ability knows in flattery polyvalence to hide, endeavors)

Illinois, USA
June 5, 2010

Khadija in Illinois writes:

Ahead of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna’s visit to Beijing, India Saturday asked China to stop the practice of issuing stapled visas to Indians from Jammu and Kashmir and said Beijing should be sensitive to New Delhi’s “core concern” on this issue.

“We have asked the Chinese side to do away with dual visa policy policy,” Gautam Bambawale, joint secretary in charge of China and East Asia in the external affairs ministry, told reporters here.

“This is a matter of core concern for India because it goes to the heart of our territorial sovereignty and integrity,” Bambawale said.

“We will continue to press them on this issue,” he added.

While India is obviously against Profiling of Indian nationals by any foriegn governemt when they apply for a visa, Why is India profiling US citizens based on their national origin and ethnicity? All US citziens are one and have the same rights. Why discriminate and use tactics like racial profiling while pursuing friendship with a democracy like USA where we dont profile Indian nationals at our embassies?

Thank you

faraz j.
Virginia, USA
June 8, 2010

Faraz J. in Virginia writes:

What Strategic Dialogue? Shame on this administration for not doing anything to stop all the jobs outsourcing to India!! It is time to remind India to follow the same environment pollution laws as factories in US has to follow or we will not import their products. I would say that Indian government should pay taxes for all the jobs moved from US to India! Enough is enough how long US citizens will have to hold the shorter end of the stick while countries like India and China bleed our economy.


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