Trump hails India for achieving astounding growth

United States President Donald Trump praised India at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam on November 10, saying the country has achieved outstanding growth since it opened its economy. "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 United States of America on October 6.

Speaking about India during APEC summit, Trump said: "Since India opened its economy it has achieved outstanding growth and a new world of opportunity for its expanding middle class".

Ahead of his Asia trip, Trump used the phrase "Indo-Pacific" multiple times, indicating his pro-India leaning.

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".

American firms have long complained about China failing to honour intellectual property rights.

"India is celebrating its 70th anniversary of its independence".

Trump directly alluded to the Indo-Pacific strategy when he said, "But for this..."

Reports state that the East Asia Summit is expected to echo India's longstanding position on the need for joint efforts to counter terrorism globally and adopt declarations to this effect. Trump is also going to attend the East Asia Summit. The meeting comes a day after officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held talks to give shape to the much talked about quadrilateral alliance to keep the strategically important Indo-Pacific region free, open and inclusive.

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

In his address, Mr Trump also praised countries like Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Japan, and also briefly touched on the bloody history of the Vietnam war, in which Da Nang was a key battlefield.

Vanessa Coleman