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China Challenge, Vaccine Collaboration, Fight Against Terrorism: How Modi-Biden Bonhomie Can Define This Decade

A file photo of PM Narendra Modi with Joe Biden. (Twitter/Narendra Modi)

A file photo of PM Narendra Modi with Joe Biden. (Twitter/Narendra Modi)

Little is expected to change in Indo-US ties, pointing out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a great rapport with Barrack Obama as well.

While Narendra Modi and Donald Trump shared a personal relationship, the prime minister also had a good rapport with Trump's predecessor Barack Obama. As Joe Biden took over as the 46th President of the United State, little is expected to change in Indo-US ties.

Personal relationships do matter. But ultimately, it is the institutional relationship between the two countries, which is more important. And, it isn't just Trump with whom Modi had a personal equation. President Obama and Modi also shared a personal rapport. During Obama's time, Prime Minister Modi was invited to address the Congress, and Obama visited as the chief guest for Republic Day in India.

India-Us relationship has bipartisan support in the United States. And, therefore, it is more of the continuation of the previous partnership. On a few issues, there might be some differences, but they existed even during the Trump administration. As a whole, the Indo-US relationship is likely to continue in the same way even during the Biden Presidency

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Of course, we would like them to continue the strategic partnership with us as well as defence collaboration and their role in the Indo-pacific. We would also like their support in the freedom of navigation and accessibility to the latest technology. Apart from that, we look forward to collaborations on climate change, and several other humanitarian issues.

America's support through the fight against terrorism is very important for India, especially the cross-border terrorism which we are facing. We both can play a very constructive role in Afghanistan, and also in other neighbouring countries

On China too there is a lot to be done, together, so that China doesn't transgress the world order.

Much had been achieved by the US-India partnership. There has been technological exchanges between the two countries and India is confident that there will be progress in this regard even during the Biden administration.

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So far, India has been lending international support and cooperation to neighbouring countries during the pandemic and helping them tackle the Covid-19 virus. India has already started the vaccine supply process to neighbours like Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles, and hopes that the Biden administration will also join in the international collaboration.

Vaccines are a tricky issue because both the vaccines developed in the United States - the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines - are not yet approved in India. Neither are those companies trying to get any approval or market in India. But, for the need of developing countries where vaccinations are immediately required, enormous international collaboration and support are necessary. A partnership between India and America will help to contain the pandemic and India's manufacturing capabilities can be leveraged in that respect too.

Also, it is a matter of pride and joy for all of us that Kamala Harris has become vice president of the United States. Of course, we are proud that she has Indian ancestry. She always talks about her mother and her childhood in Tamil Nadu with pride. So, we are quite positive about that development. It is an important moment for America as a country because for the first time ever in their history, they have a woman vice president.

Chauthaiwale is In-Charge of Foreign Affairs, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

As told to Simantini Dey

first published:January 21, 2021, 14:47 IST
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