India, US, Japan, Australia discuss Indo-Pacific scenario

Narendra Modi met the India U-17 World Cup team on Friday

Narendra Modi met the India U-17 World Cup team on Friday

Trump praises India's growth story, PM Modi Trump praised India's "astounding" growth after it opened its economy and also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"We expect that markets will be open to an equal degree on both sides and that private investment, not government planners, will direct investment", he said in a speech ahead of a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders. It is a sovereign democracy, as well as - think of this - over 1 billion people. And Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi has been working to bring that vast country and all of its people as one.

In an exclusive interview with ANI, Dennis Wilder, former high ranking Central Intelligence Agency expert on China and now professor of Asian Studies at the Georgetown University in Washington, DC, said, "This idea has been kicking around between the US, Japan, Australia and India for a while".

On the Asia-Pacific region which the United States is now referring to increasingly as the "Indo-Pacific" region following growing strategic ties with India, President Trump was quoted as saying, "We have been friends, partners and allies in the Indo-Pacific for a long, long time".

Trump is scheduled to meet Modi in Manila, the Philippines, next week on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit, according to reports. After returning home, Tillerson had described the US, Japan, India and Australia as "anchors" in the Indo-Pacific region which includes the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

At the same time, Trump warned China against trade practices that he said have put Americans out of work and warned that the USA would no longer "turn a blind eye" to trade abuses.

USA president Donald Trump further said that the United States was willing to offer a mutual agreement with any country in the Indo-Pacific region.

American firms have long complained about China failing to honour intellectual property rights. China's plans would cement a sphere of influence for Beijing well beyond Asia.

Trump arrived in Vietnam from China on the fourth leg of a 12-day trip to Asia.

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

China has already reacted cautiously over the proposal by the Trump administration for a working-level quadrilateral meeting, saying Beijing hopes that it would not target or damage a "third party's interest".

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