U.S.-India ties are still strengthening

June 26, 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House
U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) have plenty of reasons for closer cooperation, despite some nagging differences (source: dpa)
  • The United States and India have significant disagreements
  • Yet bigger issues, especially the rise of China, bind their interests
  • Washington will probably overlook some points of dispute
  • The relationship seems destined to grow stronger, not weaker

In late October, it was reported that President Donald Trump had turned down an invitation by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in India’s Republic Day celebrations in January 2019. This news came on the heels of uncertainty about how India would respond to calls from the United States to ban Iranian oil imports. Furthermore, Prime Minister Modi recently held a high-profile summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where the leaders agreed on major new arms purchases. New Delhi and Beijing have been signaling that they want improved relations, even with the U.S. increasingly at odds with China. Is the Indo-American partnership in trouble?

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