All eyes on Modi-Trump meet: What to expect

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

In their first face-to-face meeting, U.S. President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attempt to build trust and a rapport in what some are calling a "bromance in the making".

Both sides have many trade issues to discuss, where the U.S.is mainly concerned about high tariffs and patent protection in India, India is anxious about the possible cuts in visas and jobs for Indians.

Modi said India had attracted the largest amount of Foreign Direct Investment in the last three years owing to the National Democratic Alliance government's policies. The deal, estimated to be worth about $2 billion, is still subject to congressional approval.

Modi will be hoping that as well as tackling the Islamic State, Trump will step up pressure on militant groups based in Pakistan accused of launching attacks on India.

Mr Modi meanwhile arrived in Washington on the second leg of his three-nation tour for his first bilateral meeting with Mr Trump, as the two leaders are set to hold discussions on a set of "strategically important" issues.

In the US, President Trump has been very vocal as well as actively pursuing policies to promote his "America First" and anti-immigrant stance.

Modi, in his reply to Trump, thanked him for the "warm personal welcome" and said he was "greatly" looking forward to the meeting and discussions.

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Ashley Tellis, an expert on South Asia at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said the United States decision to offer the Guardian aircraft to India is significant as the USA has a standing policy of declining export of such advanced drones other than to allies involved in combined operations with U.S. forces.

Referring to the H1B Visa regime, she said, "As an American citizen of Indian origin, we want that everyone should have jobs and tech savvy people are required both in America and India". How much up we go depends on the leaders. PM said that through technology-driven governance, a modern India is being created. Since 2008, India has signed more than $15 billion in United States defense contracts, including for C-130J and C-17 transport aircraft, P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, Harpoon missiles and Apache and Chinook helicopters.

President Trump, Rao said, is a multi-billionaire businessman, who had nothing to do with politics, never been an active politician but has risen with massive popular support to be elected as US President. Until very recently, Trump named China and India as undue beneficiaries from the 2015 Paris climate change accord as he pulled the U.S. out of the treaty.

Trump called out India while announcing that decision, slamming the country for apparently demanding "billions" in foreign aid for signing the agreement.

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