Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

PM Narendra Modi meets India under-17 Football World Cup team

PM Narendra Modi meets India under-17 Football World Cup team

The Trump administration views India favourably and sees the nation as a success story, which was reflected in Washington's latest South Asia strategy, where the United States is putting intense pressure on Pakistan to act against terror organisations on its soil, and strengthening India as a counterbalance to China in the Indo-Pacific region. He also expressed his delight on Jeakson Singh's first ever goal for the country in a FIFA World Cup and termed it as one of the biggest reasons to celebrate for fans across the country.

Trump noted that India is the largest democracy in the world with over 1.3 billion population.

Trump is scheduled to meet Modi in Manila, the Philippines, next week on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit, according to reports.

"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.

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

He said that other countries will also have to follow trade rules.

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However, they did not enjoy a successful campaign, losing all three of their Group A matches to the US, Ghana and Colombia.

Earlier during his Asia visit, Trump had met Chinese premier Xi Jinping and discussed without fuss about the unfair trade practices of China, which is causing "enormous trade deficits they have produced with the USA".

He added that the United States was ready to make a bilateral deal with any country in the Indo-Pacific region, but only on the basis of "mutual respect and mutual benefit".

"We will confront the destructive practices of forcing businesses to surrender their technology to the state, and forcing them into joint ventures in exchange for market access", the U.S. president said.

"The story of this region in recent decades is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future".

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