The president of United States, Joe Bidenmet this Friday with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modiupon arrival at New Delhi before the expected summit of the G20 and at a time when Washington seeks to counter Chinese influence in the region of the indus–Peaceful.
Within the framework of regional tensions, Biden was received this Friday by Modi at the residence of the Indian prime minister, partner “clue” with which he signed a defense agreement in 2020 to tip the balance against China.
“Prime Minister Modi and President Biden reaffirmed the importance of the Quad (alliance formed together with Australia and Japan) to support an Indo-Pacific free, open, inclusive and resilient“, both leaders said after the meeting in a joint statement, as reported by the White House.
Biden recalled that Washington supports India becoming a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, while he also praised Modi for hosting the G20 summit, a space that will allow “strengthening multilateral cooperation and building a global consensus.” around different topics.
On the other hand, Biden and Modi have committed to working in the high-tech sector, especially in the supply chain of semiconductors and of what aerospaceat the same time they have stressed their intention to strengthen the areas energetic and of telecommunications.
In this sense, Washington has once again taken the opportunity to congratulate India for the “historic” arrival of the Chandrayaan 3 spacecraft at the south pole of the Moon, as well as for the successful takeoff of the Aditya-L1 solar probe, as indicated in a joint statement from the White House.
Likewise, Biden and Modi have agreed to emphasize “shared values, such as freedomthe democracythe Human rightsthe inclusion, pluralism wave equal opportunities”. In other meetings, the president took the opportunity to remind the prime minister of the lack of religious plurality in the country as a result of discrimination against the Muslim population.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters before the meeting that the talks would show “the breadth of the relationship between our countries.”
Questions about press access to the trip were persistent. The official White House agenda did not show the usual group of reporters being allowed in for the top portion of the bilateral meeting.
“Look, guys, we’re doing everything we can to make sure there’s access,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on the Air Force One flight to India.
Although both countries are not formal allies and India has long enjoyed its independence, Washington wants New Delhi to be a strategic counterweight to China.
Armed with cash for the World Bank and promises of sustained U.S. commitment, Biden hopes to persuade the fast-growing economies of Africa, Latin America and Asia that there is an alternative to China’s Belt and Road project. which has channeled billions of dollars to developing countries, but has left many of them deeply in debt.
After the G20, Biden will visit Vietnam before returning to the United States on Monday.
(With information from EP and Reuters)