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White House lauds Modi's 'new India' vision
Posted:Jun 12, 2017
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “vision for a new India” will help create jobs also in the United States, President Donald Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in Washington Monday while announcing Modi's White House visit on June 26. The White House spin on job creation by India in the US is in contrast to Trump's comments about jobs fleeing to China and elsewhere.
Addressing the common interests of the two countries in an environment where Trump's promotion of a policy of “Buy American, hire American” is stoking apprehensions in India, Spicer said, “U.S. energy and technologies, including natural gas, are helping to build Prime Minister Modi’s vision for a new India and creating thousands of U.S. jobs in the process.”
He noted that “US-India trade has grown six-fold since 2000, from $19 billion to $115 billion in 2016.”
“And the Indian economy is growing at over 7 percent,” he said adding a note of optimism for the future.
The job creation comment also skirts the issues of Trump's plans to curb outsourcing and to cut back on visas for professionals that New Delhi fears will turn off the spigot for Indian technical talent and businesses heading to the US.
Spicer said that during the visit the two leaders “will look to outline a common vision for the United States-India partnership that is worthy of their 1.6 billion citizens.”
Laying out their agenda, Spicer said, “The President looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the United States and India and to advance our common priorities: fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.”
 
 
 
 
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