Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Donald Trump welcomes 'true friend' as PM Modi arrives in Washington

Donald Trump welcomes 'true friend' as PM Modi arrives in Washington

After all, the leaders of the world's two largest democracies have a lot in common. "Now, terrorists have explained terrorism to them so we don't have to", the prime minister said at a community meet in Virginia.

Trump has focused on outreach to China, India's strategic rival, as he looks to Beijing to rein in North Korea.

While it is possible that the issue might not be raised, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, David Curry, wrote in an article that the "brutal persecution of Christians, Muslims and other religious minorities in India" is something that President Trump will have to raise during the bilateral. Infosys recently announced it's planning to hire 10,000 Americans over the next two years to demonstrate a willingness to invest in the U.S.jobs picture.

Looking forward to his meeting with President Trump, Prime Minister Modi said India and the US have shared values.

Some commentators have suggested Modi and Trump should have a natural affinity, having both risen to power in part by castigating the traditional ruling elite while offering a strongly nationalistic vision.

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A senior White House official briefing reporters ahead of the visit on Friday said that Trump has visited Mumbai, India, in his business career and noted that the two men have more social media followers than any other world leaders, making sure to point out that Trump is slightly ahead of Modi.

On May 21, in his first speech on foreign soil as president, Trump spoke at the Arab-Islamic-US summit in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh.

Meanwhile, Indian officials reject suggestions that Modi's "Make in India" platform is protectionist and complain about the U.S. regulatory process for generic pharmaceuticals and rules on fruit exports to the United States.

Then Trump accused India of seeking to profit from the Paris climate accord as he announced the U.S. withdrawal from the deal this month - drawing sharp denials from New Delhi.

Both sides want better market access.

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The lawmakers said the barriers included high tariffs, inadequate protection of intellectual property rights, and inconsistent and non-transparent licensing and regulatory practices.

"India too has its own viable startups and industry". "Apple's commitment to the developer community through the opening of the App Accelerator is a tremendous investment in the future of India's digital economy", NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar had said in an earlier statement.

Urging the Indian diaspora to "keep the bridge with India", Modi said that the younger generations of Indians must be kept aware.

On fighting terrorism, Kugelman said the two leaders have a similar worldview - that "it needs to be destroyed wherever it rears its murderous head". Modi is the second-most-followed global leader, with over 30 million Twitter followers, second to Trump, who has nearly 33 million followers.

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