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After Raucous Welcome In India, Trump Clinches $3 Billion Military Equipment Sale

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the U.S. President Donald Trump in New Delhi. Photo/PIB

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that India will buy $3 billion worth of military equipment, including attack helicopters, as the two countries deepen defence and commercial ties in an attempt to balance the weight of China in the region. India and the United States were also making progress on a big trade deal, Trump said. Negotiators from the two sides have wrangled for months to narrow differences on farm goods, medical devices, digital trade and new tariffs.

Read Here – Reuters

Meet Kim Yo-Jong: North Korea’s Most Powerful Woman

In an era when North Korea has begun to shift its focus away from its nuclear weapons capabilities to pursue a “charm offensive” aimed at transforming its global image, one person stands out: Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong-un. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone following North Korea over the last several years. Many observers first saw her at the Pyeongchang Olympics, where she sat strategically positioned near U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Yo-jong’s historic visit to South Korea challenged preconceived perceptions of North Korea’s elite. She was a symbol of a North Korea very few people could have conceived of: young, friendly, and charismatic.

Read Here – The National Interest

India And America First

More immediately though Delhi, like Beijing, must deal with Trump’s determination to recast the global trading system and reconstitute major trading partnerships. Trump is convinced that the rest of the world has taken advantage of America’s “foolish” trade policies in the past. He only blames America’s globalist establishment.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Forging A New India-U.S. Modus Vivendi

U.S. President Donald Trump with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad. Photo/White House

It is easy to be contrarian about U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to India early next week, given his idiosyncrasies, his often-unpredictable, rambunctious ways and the roughshod manner in which he seeks to put America first. And yet, it is clearer than perhaps ever before in recent times, that New Delhi needs the continued support of the U.S. government on almost everything substantial that matters to India in its quest to be a power of substance in the international system.

Read Here – The Hindu

India And US Have Enduring Friendship, Says Trump


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcoming U.S. President Donald Trump in the western city of Ahmedabad. Photo/PIB

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in India on Monday, for a 36-hour-long visit to India, which is likely to strengthen bilateral defence and strategic ties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Trump with a hug at the Ahmedabad airport, after which the two leaders embarked on a 22-km-long roadshow from the airport to Sabarmati Ashram.

Read Here – The Indian Express

The Surprising Success Of The U.S.-Indian Partnership

India and the United States are far from becoming formal allies. They are dogged by persistent trade disagreements, which India shows no inclination to settle. But given Trump’s record with other U.S. allies, his administration has been surprisingly lenient when it comes to India’s uncompetitive trade practices. It has also kept mum about India’s feared drift toward illiberalism, enabling both countries to push ahead on strategic, especially defense, cooperation, which has always been the lodestar that guides U.S.-Indian relations.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Trump Loves A Big Crowd. He’ll Get One Of His Biggest In India.

Heading into election season, President Donald Trump is looking to surround himself with sympathetic officials, create made-for-TV spectacles and gin up massive, adoring crowds. He’ll find it all in India — he made sure of it.

Read Here – Politico

India’s Growing Surveillance State

India’s neighbour to the north, China, looms large in international media as an Orwellian state, with its expanding use of facial recognition technology and invasive data collection practices. By contrast, India is often portrayed as a chaotic democracy, its government far weaker and less capable than the fine-tuned autocracy in Beijing. That image belies the changing reality in India, where the government’s embrace of powerful new surveillance technologies increasingly threatens the rights of its people.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Will China And India Collaborate Or Feud Over Afghanistan?

As China-India competition continues unabated, Afghanistan is somewhat insulated from their more sensitive security concerns. Unlike in Iran and other countries, where the competitive aspects of the relationship are emphasised due to geopolitical reasons, Afghanistan allows the two Asian giants to compartmentalise touchy issues and cooperate on common interests such as counterterrorism.

Read Here – The National Interest

The Surprising Success Of The U.S.-Indian Partnership

Three years into Trump’s presidency, the strategic partnership with India that successive U.S. administrations have cultivated as a silent bulwark against China hasn’t just survived—it has flourished. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump have met on numerous occasions and even appeared together last September at a “Howdy Modi” rally in Houston, Texas, that drew 50,000 Indian Americans.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

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