With warmth and lavish praise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US president Donald Trump greeted one another in their first ever meeting since assuming office in their countries continents apart.
Trump called Modi a “true friend” with ambitious plans to fight corruption and cut taxes. Both men share a passion for social media to bypass news media and reach publics directly.
Modi in return, praised Trump’s “vast and successful business experience” which he predicted would foster relations between US and India. He also invited Trumps’s daughter Ivanka to a conference of entrepreneurs in India.
Despite the friendliness shared, India faces uncertainties with Trump, who has shown less interest than his predecessors in maintaining a web of trade and security alliances in Asia.
Added to it, the limits on H1N1 visas used by tech workers has jittered India as did his decision to pull out of Paris Climate accord.
Meanwhile a White House official said that the display of closeness was partly aimed at President Kc Jinping of China, who upset Trump by failing to impose greater pressure on neighboring N Korea in its nuclear and ballistic missile race.
Pointedly, Trump noted that India helped US by enforcing sanctions on N Korea.
Still, the Chinese Stae daily Global Times reported Chinese experts as saying that the relations between India and US after their leaders met have “never been better”.
The narration goes further to say that Trump considers India a “big power that requires his attention, but not as much as China and Russia.”
Reactions from Pakistan however has been markedly different. Its Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Tuesday said that Trump administration was “speaking India’s language.” Nisar pointed out that US declaring Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin as global terrorist hours before Modi’s scheduled arrival was ‘completely unjustified’ and said Pakistan will continue to support separatist activities in Kashmir.