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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

Modi set out now for world stage

By Malladi Rama Rao
New Delhi, 22 September, (Asiantribune.com):

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will set out for the world stage later this week with a stopover in Frankfurt and New York followed by Washington.

His main engagement in Big Apple will be address to the UN General Assembly on Sept 26 and the occasion will mark interaction with several leaders. Like the first NDA Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Modi will also address the world body in Hindi, which will be primarily intended at making a political statement for the audience back at home.

While in New York, Modi will visit Ground Zero, where the twin towers of the World Trade Center were brought down by al Qaeda terrorists in a daring 9/11 attack. The Indian Diaspora is putting up a grand show to welcome Modi, who till he became the PM was an unwelcome guest to the United States. The venue will be the iconic Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

President Obama will play host to Modi at the White House on Sept 29 and 30. Indications are that Washington will be walking the extra diplomatic mile to please the guest from India as both sides are set to work closely in various theatres, particularly Afghanistan.

In a US visit eve interview to CNN, Prime Minister Modi voiced confidence that India and the US could develop “a genuine strategic alliance”. Making clear India was at par with China and both countries were growing at a similar pace, he appeared to second the US concerns vis-a-vis China when he hoped China would accept global laws in resolving disputes with its neighbours over the South China Sea. In the same breath he added that the world should have trust in China’s understanding.

Fielding questions on China, Modi remarked that India could not get worried about every small thing though it could not close its eyes to problems in the region.

“We can’t run our country if we get worried about every small thing. India is a country of 1.25 billion people. At the same time, we can’t close our eyes to problems. That’s why India maintains that we are now in a different era. Look at how it (China) has focused on economic development. It's hardly the sign of a country that wants to be isolated. It wants to stay connected. That is why we should have trust in China’s understanding and have faith that it would accept global laws and will play its role in cooperating and moving forward”.

On the Ladakh Borders

Though Modi-Jinping have had a successful summit and agreed to resolve the unsettled border issue speedily, the face off created by PLA continues at both Chumar and Demchok in Ladakh. Media reports today said the situation is “fluid but not tense”.

Diplomatic channels are reportedly working overtime to de-escalate” the border imbroglio after three flag meetings between local military commanders failed to make any headway.

- Asian Tribune -

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