Emerging India envisages new dimensions in Indo-US partnership

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Washington, July 18 (ANI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's maiden visit to India in her capacity as America's top diplomat, not only showcases the enhanced relation between the two countries, but also envisages a new dimension in the partnership which sees India as the emerging economic and democratic power of the 21st century.

Clinton's five-day itinerary which has mention of meetings with top honchos of Indian industry and the country's leadership clearly suggests a desire to demonstrate that the Obama administration envisions a partnership that transcends regional conflicts and acknowledges India's role in addressing global issues, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake has also said that both Obama and Clinton consider India as their important ally in shaping the world's future.

"The President and Secretary Clinton both see India as a really important partner for us, not only in addressing bilateral issues, but also in working with us to shape the world of the 21st century," said Blake.

"The US aims for broader engagement on some of the big global challenges such as climate change and nuclear nonproliferation," he added.

Clinton is expected to announce a deeper cooperation between the two countries in everything from military exercises to women issues when she meets External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Monday.

However, analysts believe that the Obama administration would have to do some catching up when it comes to India, as expectations are very high.

"This is one area of the world where George W. Bush got it right, so it's going to be hard for the Obama administration to meet some very high expectations," director of the international affairs program at George Washington University, Karl Inderfurth said.

Inderfurth pointed out that it will take time before India and the US start working on like-minded views on global issues.

"We aren't going to see eye to eye on any of these issues. But we also know that if the US and India are not talking, and trying to find common ground on these issues, they are not going to get solved," he said.

Meanwhile, Clinton has begun her five-day visit to India with meetings with staff of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, which was attacked by Pakistani terrorists in November last year, and with captains of Indian industry.

Clinton, who arrived in Mumbai late last night, began her morning by attending a private ceremony to honour the victims of 26/11. The November"s attacks left more than 170 people dead and over 300 injured.

During her interaction with India Incorporated, she said that India and United States were entering a "new and promising era" of cooperation in various fields including political and economic.

She told mediapersons after the meeting that she had had an "exciting and fruitful meeting with business leaders". (ANI)

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