Trump praises India's growth story, PM Modi at APEC Summit

Narendra Modi met the India U-17 World Cup team on Friday

Narendra Modi met the India U-17 World Cup team on Friday

The US President also pointed out that India was celebrating the 70th anniversary of its independence and highlighted that the country was a sovereign democracy with a population of 1.3 billion as well as the largest democracy in the world.

He said India could achieve a lot in football and mentioned that sports helped in developing personality, building confidence, and in overall development.

During his address at the APEC Summit, Trump condemned the trade practises he claimed had put Americans out of work and warned that America would no longer "turn a blind eye" to trade abuses.

In August, when both the leaders had met in Washington during PM Modi's USA visit, Donald trump had left no stone unturned to welcome PM Modi but also praised his work and leadership qualities.

Expressing a sharp message on commerce, US President Donald Trump said that the United States could no more permit constant trade violations and would insist on just and equitable arrangements.

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Even as India, the United States and Japan has a trilateral dialogue mechanism in place for issues relating to the Indo-Pacific region, Japanese Foreign Minister Tara Kono said last month that Tokyo was for a top-level quadrilateral dialogue that would also include Australia. While addressing the APEC summit, Donald Trump credited PM Modi for bringing everyone across the country together. Mr Trump is also scheduled to attend the East Asia summit, a key meeting between Asean and eight of its partners.

Intellectual property has been a long-standing dispute between the USA and Chinese companies as the latter is accused of display of total disregard for the rights granted to the creators. Trump said, "In the broader region, countries outside APEC are also making great strides in this chapter for the Indo-Pacific". "Today we are no longer enemies, we are friends", Mr Trump said.

Trump's tone in Vietnam was strikingly different from the day before in Beijing, where the United States 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.

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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