Donald Trump heaps praise on India’s growth story, PM Modi at APEC Summit

"Since India opened its economy, it has achieved astounding growth and a new world of opportunities for its expanding middle class," Donald Trump said.

By: PTI | Updated: November 11, 2017 6:20 am
 Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, US India relations, APEC summit, APEC Summit in Vietnam, Indo-Pacific, india news, indian express Danang : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the final 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” growth after it opened its economy and also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.

Speaking at a gathering of CEOs on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit here in Vietnam, Trump said that countries outside of the grouping were also making “great strides in this new chapter for the Indo-Pacific”.

He pointed out that India was celebrating the 70th anniversary of its independence and highlighted that the country was a sovereign democracy with a population of 1.3 billion as well as the largest democracy in the world.

“Since India opened its economy, it has achieved astounding growth and a new world of opportunities for its expanding middle class,” Trump said.

“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 said.

Prime Minister Modi is leaving for the Philippines on Sunday to attend the India-ASEAN and East Asia summits. Trump is also scheduled to attend the East Asia Summit, a key meeting between ASEAN and eight of its partners.

The US president also used his speech at the APEC business meet to promote his vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

“We have been friends, partners and allies in the Indo-Pacific for a long, long time,” he said.

“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 term Indo-Pacific by President Trump has led to speculation that it may have something to do with Washington preparing the ground 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 meeting with India, Japan, and Australia, saying Beijing hopes that it would not target or damage a “third party’s interest”.

In his address, Trump also praised countries like Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Japan, which also briefly touched on the bloody history of the Vietnam war, in which Da Nang was a key battlefield.

“Today we are no longer enemies, we are friends,” Trump said.

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    Akash bhai talpatiya
    Nov 15, 2017 at 12:01 am
    Both are best friends
    1. K
      Kamal Pasha
      Nov 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm
      US will keep on praising India as long as India keep on purchasing arms from them.
      1. H P
        Nov 11, 2017 at 6:50 am
        Trump's comment on the economic progress of India under Modi is the diplomatic success of Modi, while the little Rahul Gandhi is saying just the reverse. Gandhi's political desire has made him mad. The Congress Party could not come out of the influence Dynasty politics.
        1. M
          Nov 11, 2017 at 12:05 am
          India even as an individual country got big stake in ”quad” as it will reduce the pressure on expenses on defence! Resources saved can be spent for the public benefit. So would be the case for other member countries of the quad. Talking about “anti-China”, this does not have to be the case. Coming together of Democratic forces is just a natural consequence of democratic aspirations of people whether is of individual or of the collective countries. Even the weakest of the weak have nothing to worry about forces of democracy, what to speak of a strong country like China. Rather democracy is here to give voice to the weak which more often than not subdued by the stronger forces. It is testimony of the history that no democratic country ever waged a ware against any other country whether democratic or not! It has slaways dragged to the war, therefore, when that happens next time it’s only natural that they have enough resources to fight it out at less cost. Togetherness is the answer.
          1. B
            Nov 10, 2017 at 11:31 pm
            MORONJI now will remove bhogley as FM and ask Mr trump to take a position of indian FM also and will order a multibillion request for more american weopons to be imported,and feku I bet soon be booking his flight to USA to say thank you to Mr trump for his remark
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