US Defence Secretary James Mattis calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Cesar Mills
June 26, 2017

"Then they will each give press statements", a White House official said. As in Delhi, there was some concern in Beijing following Trump's election considering his unpredictability, although Chinese President Xi Jinping had a surprisingly cordial visit to the U.S., where he was welcomed at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

At the same time, one reason Beijing is not overly concerned is that in its view, ahead of India on the agenda for Trump is dealing with North Korea. But Washington and New Delhi share concerns about China's rise as a military power that has underpinned increasingly close relations in the past decade.

Officials on both sides have tried to set low expectations for the meeting, casting it as a way for the two men - who have previously spoken by phone - to get to know each other. Earlier this year, Washington Post accused Prime Minister Modi and his right-wing party of spreading 'Islamophobia'.

"What Modi will confront on his USA visit is Trump's "America first" doctrine in action", Bharat Karnad, a research professor at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi, told DW. Trump wrote late Saturday. "I think they'll find a lot of common ground".

Projecting his government's success in the areas of fighting terror and graft, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there has not been a single blot of corruption against his regime and no country has questioned the surgical strikes conducted across the border.

He further added that over 80,000 Indians were facing some trouble or the other in different corners of the globe but the Indian government was able to bring them back home safe.

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Modi's visit will lack the type of public display of affection that marked his visit to the Obama White House in 2014, when he and Obama visited the Martin Luther King Jr. "The Trump Presidency's equivalent of PM Modi's "Make in India" campaign are his "Buy American", "Hire American" "America First" maxims that lie at the heart of the proposed H1B Visa reforms that could pinch Indian software professionals". "So, we think that's very significant", a senior administration official told reporters at the White House.

The offer is still subject to congressional approval. In a concrete indication of that, the set to offer a $2 billion sale of USA -made unarmed drones to help in surveillance of the Indian Ocean. The staff member was not authorized to discuss the potential deal and requested anonymity.

In recent months, former governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, was appointed the ambassador to the UN; Ajit Pai was made chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; Seema Verma was named administrator of the Centre for Medicaid and Medicare Services; four Indian Americans took their seats in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate; and many more serve in state legislatures, local governments, the judicial branch and beyond, he said.

Modi, 66, has made his reputation as a strong - some say authoritarian - leader who has made his country's economic progress the hallmark of his administration, trotting the globe to drum up foreign investment.

Citing his address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress last June in which he had stated that the relationship between India and America had overcome the "hesitations of history", PM Modi expressed confidence in the growing convergence between our two nations. He previously visited Mumbai as a businessman, and he has Trump-branded properties in the country.

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