India Confident of Strategic Partnership Under Trump

Anjana Pasricha
Displayed with permission from Voice of America


A strategic partnership built between India and the United States in the last two years is expected to deepen under a Trump administration.

However, India’s famed information technology sector could suffer, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to turn the country into a manufacturing hub, if President-elect Donald Trump acts on campaign pledges to restrict immigration and bring jobs back to the United States, some Indian analysts and observers say.

“When the dust settles down, I don’t think India will have cause for complaint under a Trump presidency,” said Lalit Mansingh, a former Indian ambassador to the United States

He added that Modi, who has vowed to diplomatically isolate Pakistan for its alleged support of cross-border terrorism, will hope to get more support from Trump, who advocated a tougher stance on terrorism during the campaign. India accuses Islamabad of backing Islamic militant groups fomenting terrorism in India, a charge Pakistan strongly denies.

Mansingh predicted Trump would be a stronger ally on terrorism: “I expect that he will go a step further than what his predecessors did in applying pressure on Pakistan, because all the previous administrations have said the right things but have hesitated from putting pressure on Pakistan because it might affect their operations in Afghanistan. I think Trump may be more forthcoming.”

But there is much more uncertainty about how a Trump administration will affect wider Asian geopolitics. Concerns about China’s growing assertiveness in Asia and its expanding influence in India’s neighborhood helped prompt Modi to deepen India’s military cooperation with the United States, shedding its traditional hesitations about moving too close to Washington.


BRICS leaders convey well wishes to President Donald Trump

On Wednesday, business mogul and Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. Following the announcement that sent the world into shockwaves, BRICS Heads of State have passed on their congratulatory messages to the new President-elect.

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma released a statement via the Department of International Relations conveying well wishes on behalf of himself and the country.

The statement reads as follows: “President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, congratulated President-elect Donald Trump for winning the presidential elections that were held in the United States on 08 November 2016.”

In addition, “President Zuma conveyed his best wishes to the president-elect and looked forward to working with President-elect Trump to build on the strong relations that exists between the two countries.”

“He underlined that South Africa further looked forward to working closely with the new Administration in the United States in promoting peace, security and prosperity around the world, especially on the African continent.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin also congratulated Trump and politicians from various Russian politicians were hopeful for an improvement in relations between the Kremlin and Washington.

Newsweek reports that Putin sent a telegram to Trump on Wednesday morning, expressing “his hope they can work together toward the end of the crisis in Russian-American relations, as well address the pressing issues of the international agenda and the search for effective responses to global security challenges.”

Said China’s President Xi Jinping the state broadcaster CCTV: “I highly value China-US relations, and look forward to working together with you, and holding fast to mutual respect and non-conflict, non-confrontation,” the channel cited Xi as saying in its nightly national broadcast.

He added: “As the world’s two largest economies, China and the US have an important responsibility to safeguard world peace and stability, and promote global prosperity, it quoted him as saying.”

“Developing longterm stable and healthy Sino-US relations in accordance with the benefit of both countries’ peoples is also the international community’s common expectation.”

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Trump.


Brazilian President Michel Temmer has yet to express sentiments around the US Presidential appointment.