Vice President Biden and Indian Leaders Discuss U.S.-India Engagement

Posted by Megan Slack
July 23, 2013
Vice President Biden Visits a Museum Dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi

On his second day in New Delhi, Vice President Biden met with Indian leaders to discuss the increasingly important bilateral relationship between our two countries.

In meetings with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and others, Vice President Biden emphasized a range of opportunities for our countries to work more closely together on issues such as economic growth, trade, energy and climate change, security and investments in innovation and education.

In the evening, the Vice President discussed the importance of the U.S.-India relationship at a dinner hosted by Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari.

“We look at the relationship as one that has immense potential for both the United States” and India, Vice President Biden said. “But it also has great potential for the world.

"It’s no longer a zero-sum game, as it was when I first entered public life.  When another nation moves forward in leaps and bounds and creates new wealth, that is not against our interest. It’s overwhelmingly in the interest of the United States of America that India grow -- grow at the rates it had been growing and even faster.

“And so the reason for my visit,” he said, “is to make it clear that we truly, truly value this relationship.”

For more information on the Bidens' trip to India, check out Dr. Jill Biden's White House Blog post about working with Indian women's groups to promote health and education.



Ashim C.
July 25, 2013
Discussions between leaders should be able to identify easily doable and difficult doables. FDI and cooperation in easily doable category far exceed the numbers of difficult doable. Take energy sector; There can be no controversy about cooperation in hydro-electric power generation , solar power generation and oil and gas exploration on shore and offshore. Similarly, in infrastructure what can be controversial about joint ventures between Indian & US MSMEs, big corporations in construction of rural and urban housing, road construction, railway, port and airports etc., food processing, which will possibly generate as large number of jobs in USA as in India. List is endless. Real problem is that bureaucracy of both countries have little connection with ground realities, needs and solutions which are required. What is required is hard core salesman's approach to develop a commercially viable Indo-US relation and impart visibility to that relationship for common citizens in both countries. Even in strategic areas, why leaders of both countries can't refer some of the regional problems like Kashmir and territorial disputes in Himalayas informally to multi-disciplinary groups of scholars and advise them to take categorical positions on those disputes and propose solutions, which can even be an Indo-Soviet type friendship treaty between India and USA. This will automatically pave way for deep Indo-US strategic engagements anywhere in Asia and beyond. US is a country far away from India geographically. Therefore, as a bigger partner in a bi-lateral relationship US should a few extra steps to engage India.


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