Published:November 10, 2017 5:44 pm
Danang : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the ultimate day of the APEC CEO Summit on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Danang, Vietnam, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP/PTI)
US President Donald Trump on Friday praised India’s “astounding” development after it opened its financial system and likewise lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has been working efficiently to carry the huge nation and its folks collectively.
Speaking at a gathering of CEOs on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit right here in Vietnam, Trump stated that nations exterior of the grouping have been additionally making “great strides in this new chapter for the Indo-Pacific”.
He identified that India was celebrating the 70th anniversary of its independence and highlighted that the nation was a sovereign democracy with a inhabitants of 1.three billion in addition to the biggest democracy on the earth.
“Since India opened its economy, it has achieved astounding growth and a new world of opportunities for its expanding middle clbad,” Trump stated.
“And Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi has been working to bring that vast country and all of its people as one. And he has been working at it very successfully indeed,” the US President stated.
Prime Minister Modi is leaving for the Philippines on Sunday to attend the India-ASEAN and East Asia summits. Trump can be scheduled to attend the East Asia Summit, a key badembly between ASEAN and eight of its companions.
The US president additionally used his speech on the APEC enterprise meet to advertise his imaginative and prescient for a free and open Indo-Pacific area.
“We have been friends, partners and allies in the Indo-Pacific for a long, long time,” he stated.
“The story of this region in recent decades is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future.”
The use of the time period Indo-Pacific by President Trump has led to hypothesis that it might have one thing to do with Washington making ready the bottom for a revival of the so-called Quadrilateral strategic alliance between the US, Japan, Australia, and India to counter China’s rise.
China has already reacted cautiously over a proposal by the Trump administration for a working-level quadrilateral badembly with India, Japan, and Australia, saying Beijing hopes that it will not goal or injury a “third party’s interest”.
In his tackle, Trump additionally praised nations like Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Japan, which additionally briefly touched on the bloody historical past of the Vietnam battle, through which Da Nang was a key battlefield.
“Today we are no longer enemies, we are friends,” Trump stated.
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