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President Trump to push for India's Membership to APEC

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] 

U.S. President Donald Trump will be pushing for India's membership to the 21 member Pacific Economic Cooperation ( APEC ) early next week when Prime Minister Modi and will be at the APEC summit in Manila, according to Dennis Wilder, Former high ranking CIA expert on and who is currently professor of Asian Studies at the Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

In an exclusive interview with ANI, Dennis Wilder said "This idea has been kicking around between the US, Japan, and for a while, I think and Prime Minister Modi have a very good relationship and when they meet in Manila they will discuss APEC. The US will take a stand and be vocal about India's participation and the importance of joining the forum". The support of the United States for India's inclusion into APEC will not only be seen as a major gesture towards Prime Minister Modi's by the Trump administration, but will also be a move that would be a boost to India's economy and will give a stronger control and a better standing in its relationship with "It would be a step towards realising the United States' strategic objective of involving more fully into the region something I think that will help to stand with China," said Wilder.

Apart from pushing for India's full membership to the APEC the Trump administration is also keen on expanding the Malabar naval exercises which currently involve India, and US to include A meeting of the India-Japan-US-quadrilateral is expected in Manila on the sidelines of the East Summit. These four regional democracies would ideally like to emerge as guarantors of free trade and defense cooperation across a stretch of ocean from the South Sea, across the Indian Ocean to Africa, said Wilder.

A communique that came out of Tokyo during President Trump's first leg of the visit stated that "There was a discussion that came up on the Indo-Pacific concept and the idea that there is a need to work on infrastructure, just what the Chinese are doing on the One Belt, One Road project as a competitive strategy", said Dennis Wilder in the interview. "Indo- Pacific" is the new geopolitical word game that is being played out by the US lately. Trump administration officials have started to refer to as the "Indo-Pacific," rather than the "Asia-Pacific" region. A deliberate effort to change how the strategically views the region. "The United States is an Indo-Pacific power," said a senior administration official traveling with Trump. "We've been one since the dawn of our republic. Our security and our prosperity depend on the United States maintaining access for free flow of commerce to this region, because we're a Pacific nation." In the Indo - Pacific Worldview of the Trump Administration plays an important role.

Asked if the new policy was aimed at containing China's rise, Mr Wilder said "certainly not" and instead emphasised the importance of - which views as a political rival and potential military threat - to U.S. security and prosperity. "We have strong and growing ties with We talk about an Indo-Pacific in part because that phrase captures the importance of India's rise,". "If you look at President Trump's trip so far, the phrase Indo Pacific has traveled with him. It has clearly become the new American strategy "

Experts say reads 'Indo Pacific' word play as a containment strategy and the Chinese have immediately jumped into calling the Indo US alliance as a containment strategy because that's the easy way to knock it down. "It's not a containment strategy, because there is a substantial amount of trade that does with the US and also with Who is containing We are not containing The White House is very clear this is not a containment strategy, but it is a competitive strategy. Now, is that going to worry if and US get closer? Obviously it will", said Wilder a former CIA expert on

The Trump administration is also going to offer a much closer Defence relationship to in line with the President's Indo - Pacific Worldview. The US will offer not just military components but will also include economic, geopolitical and cultural components that will together form a stronger Washington-Delhi strategic partnership, said Dennis Wilder.It would be upto to take the next steps towards the Asian partnership that is proposing, said the former CIA expert on

in his speech in Vietnam has initiated the process by praising India's growth story and this say experts is a clear signal from the U.S. to the to come forward .

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First Published: Sat, November 11 2017. 09:07 IST
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