Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Donald Trump praises India's growth and PM Narendra Modi at APEC Summit

Donald Trump praises India's growth and PM Narendra Modi at APEC Summit

In a huge boost for the BJP-led NDA government, US President Donald Trump, during a speech in Vietnam, showered praise on India's "astounding" economic growth and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he (PM Modi) has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together. "Hope you can inspire people to inculcate sports as part of their daily lives", added Modi, who was also present at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi during India U-17's opener against the US on October 6. He also commended India for being the world's largest democracy and achieving a phenomenal growth. "I hope you stick together as a team and in 5-7 years time represent the country with great laurels", he said. The praise shows that the United States now views India as a major reliable partner on the global stage to counter China's military and economic rise.

Modi also thanked Trump for praising India whenever he got an opportunity to speak about the country during his Asia tour.

Meanwhile, in a veiled attack on China, Trump said the U.S. would "no longer tolerate the audacious theft of intellectual property". China had also asked India to come on board but India refused the offer.

Trump's tone in Vietnam was strikingly different from the day before in Beijing, where the USA president appeared to be friendlier toward the Communist giant as he sought Xi's help to reduce the massive trade deficit and to rein-in nuclear- armed North Korea.

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

On Sunday, the two leaders met briefly at a gala dinner and held discussions on counter-terrorism, trade and the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region, ANI said.

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