US Prez praises Modi at the Apec summit

US Prez praises Modi at the Apec summit

"I am always going to put America first".

US President Donald Trump has hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he has worked to bring people together.

Speaking at the gathering of CEOs as part of the summit, Trump said Modi has been successful in bringing the people of India together despite being a heterogeneous country. "And he is working at it very, very successfully, indeed", he added. He also put out a warning that the United States would not "turn a blind eye" to trade abuses.

The Indian side highlighted India's Act East Policy as the cornerstone of its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Indo-Pacific is a term that, in a sense, widens the aperture for the region, the official said.

Mr. Modi will attend the 15th ASEAN-India summit and participate in the 12th East Asia summit.

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The annual East Asia Summit is held by leaders of the Asean countries and those of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US.

"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 USA president said.

Intellectual property has been a long-standing dispute between the U.S. and Chinese companies as the latter is accused of display of total disregard for the rights granted to the creators. "Today we are no longer enemies, we are friends", Mr Trump said.

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

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.

China has reportedly reacted cautiously over a proposal by the Trump administration for a working-level quadrilateral meeting with India, Japan and Australia, saying Beijing hopes that it would not target or damage a "third party's interest".

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