Category: America

Donald Trump alleges Hillary Clinton received money from Indian politicians for nuclear deal support

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has alleged that his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton received funds from Indian political leaders and institutions in return for supporting the India-US civil nuclear deal. The Trump campaign has published these allegations in a 35-page booklet, but none of them are new and they have been in the public domain…

THE US PIVOT ASIA-PACIFIC STRATEGY REQUIRES INDIA AND AUSTRALIA

The post Cold War realignment of international relations on Asia completely changes the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region. The more the West imports from China had pushed the world order towards the east. To demonstrate its strength, China had accommodated even the small islands. The Chinese leadership visited Sri Lanka more than the…

China keeps close eye on Malabar exercises

Multiple incidents during the ongoing Malabar naval exercises between India, Japan and the U.S. off the Okinawa coast in Japan highlighted the increasing friction between China and the other nations in the region over developments in the South China Sea, unwittingly dragging India into the tensions. According to a report by Reuters, a Chinese observation…

India downplays US Senate rejecting bill on recognising it as ‘global strategic and defence partner’

India on June 16 downplayed the US Senate rejecting a key amendment recognising the country as “global strategic and defence partner”, saying it would be “premature” to speculate about its final content. The US had recognised India as a “major defence partner” in a joint statement issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit there last…

Defence Logistics Pact with US hits ‘implementation’ hurdles

After the euphoria over India and the US “finalising” a defence logistics pact during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit, the US has expressed “concerns” over how the agreement will be implemented and operationalised. The defence logistics pact – Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) – was the highlight of Modi’s visit to Washington earlier…

US Congress introduces resolution supporting India’s bid for permanent UNSC seat

A resolution supporting India's bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was reportedly introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Frank Pallone and Ami Bera on Wednesday. The lawmakers believe India's induction into the UNSC as a permanent member will strengthen democracy all over the world. According to…

Pakistan moves to hire Washington lobbyists amid strained US ties

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is looking to hire lobbying firms in Washington after a gap of nearly eight years, seeking to refurbish its image in the United States at a time of deteriorating relations between the allies, two government officials said on Tuesday. Ties have been particularly strained following a US unmanned aircraft strike that killed top…

Obama’s pivot east fuels an Asian Cold War

The balance of power in South Asia has been decisively tipped in India's favour by the US decision on Tuesday to grant it "major defence partner" status and support its accession to influential clubs of "good" nuclear states. The joint statement that emerged after US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met at…

A Deepening Partnership With India: New York Times

When President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India met last week at the White House, many analysts puzzled over how and why the two leaders, so different in so many ways, get along. Whatever the reasons, what’s important is that they have significantly deepened the partnership between their two countries. It may be…

Defence, Asia-Pacific focus of Indo-US cooperation

India and the U.S. had different interpretations of what they agreed on the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama met on Tuesday, but on defence and cooperation in Asia-Pacific, both sides agree that they made great strides. The U.S. has recognised India as ‘major…

US firm to finally start work on Nuclear Power Plants in India

The civilian nuclear agreement signed between India and the US over a decade ago has finally borne fruit with the two sides deciding to start preparatory work on six nuclear power plants in India following bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama. The US also recognised India as a major…

US will aid India’s defence whether or not it chooses to operate with us: US

Washington: The US is "committed" to help India build its defence capabilities until it can be the "net provider of security" in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Obama administration official has said. "There is a recognition that as India grows and develops the capacity to protect its interests, not just in immediate region, but also…

US Expects India To Join Missile Technology Group ‘Very Quickly’

WASHINGTON:  India may join the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) "very quickly' as there are no longer any major obstacles and things are moving positively, a senior US official has said. "We do expect that India will join MTCR very quickly. I think things are moving positively," a senior Obama administration official told Press Trust…

China Prepares to Deter the US in the Pacific – Reports

Amid mounting tensions between the US and China over disputed areas in the South China Sea, Beijing is set to send nuclear submarines to patrol the Pacific Ocean this year for the first time in history. The news first emerged after a report by The Guardian that Beijing is planning its first nuclear deterrence patrol.…

Obama Fully Lifts Vietnam Arms Embargo on Visit

In a historic move, U.S. President Barack Obama announced Monday that Washington is fully lifting a decades-old embargo on the sale of arms to Vietnam during his first visit to the Southeast Asian country. But even during briefings to journalists just before Obama’s departure late last week, officials refused to publicly confirm that a lift…