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Sep 30, 2014

China facing growing U.S. pressure over Hong Kong protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China is facing growing U.S. pressure to show restraint during mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, with the issue to be raised in high-level bilateral talks, and a prominent U.S. lawmaker has expressed “grave concerns” over the troubles.

A day after the United States backed calls by thousands of protesters for greater autonomy in selecting candidates for Hong Kong’s chief executive, U.S. officials said Secretary of State John Kerry would discuss the issue with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi when the two meet in Washington on Wednesday.

Sep 30, 2014

Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked to deepen improving ties between their countries on Tuesday, but emerged from their second meeting in two days with little in the way of major agreements.

Obama and Modi, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, said they had discussed a wide range of topics – from trade to space exploration to climate change to the Islamic State threat in the Middle East.

Sep 30, 2014

Obama, Modi vow to boost strategic ties, create model for world

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Monday to expand and deepen their countries’ strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world.

In a joint “vision statement” issued after their first meeting at a White House dinner, the two leaders said they would work together “not just for the benefit of both our nations, but for the benefit of the world.”

Sep 25, 2014

India eyes Sikorsky helicopter, other big U.S. arms buys

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – In a boost to U.S. weapons
makers looking for ways to offset lower domestic military
spending, India is expected to choose Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-70B
Sea Hawk helicopters at a 16-aircraft tender worth over $1
billion.

The decision could come during a high-profile visit to the
United States by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that
starts on Friday.

Sep 25, 2014

Exclusive: India eyes $1 billion Sikorsky helicopter deal, other U.S. arms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – India is expected to choose Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-70B Sea Hawk helicopters at a 16-aircraft tender worth over $1 billion, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The decision could come during a high-profile visit to the United States by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that starts on Friday.

Sep 25, 2014

India eyes $1 bln Sikorsky helicopter deal, other US arms

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – India is expected to choose
Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-70B Sea Hawk helicopters at a 16-aircraft
tender worth over $1 billion, according to two sources familiar
with the matter.

The decision could come during a high-profile visit to the
United States by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that
starts on Friday.

Sep 25, 2014

U.S. business questions Modi’s reform credentials ahead of visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. business lobby on Thursday questioned the reformist credentials of new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the eve of his visit to the United States in which he will encourage investment and declare India open for business.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 15 other U.S. business associations representing sectors ranging from agriculture to movie making, pharmaceuticals and telecoms, called on President Barack Obama to press Modi to remove barriers to fair trade when the two leaders meet in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.

Sep 24, 2014

India’s Modi seeks to crown global sales pitch with U.S. tour

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in the United States on Friday aiming to woo corporate titans and crown a burst of investment-focused diplomacy, while marking a personal victory for a man who was for years unwelcome in the country.

Modi, who was elected in May, will spend two days in New York before heading to Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. The U.S. leader is keen to see a strategic relationship he has called “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century” live up to its potential.

Sep 24, 2014

Modi seeks to crown global sales pitch with U.S. tour

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in the United States on Friday aiming to woo corporate titans and crown a burst of investment-focused diplomacy, while marking a personal victory for a man who was for years unwelcome in the country.

Modi, who was elected in May, will spend two days in New York before heading to Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. The U.S. leader is keen to see a strategic relationship he has called “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century” live up to its potential.

Sep 18, 2014

Obama nominates Indian-American as ambassador to India

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama nominated former State Department official Richard Verma as U.S. ambassador to India on Thursday, just ahead of a visit to Washington by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a White House statement said.

Verma, an Indian-American, served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs at the State Department in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.

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      "David Brunnstrom is Reuters U.S. Asia Policy Correspondent, based in Washington DC. Before moving to Washington in 2012, he reported from all over Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia as EU and NATO correspondent based in Brussels. Before that, he spent nearly 20 years in Asia for Reuters, with postings in Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Hanoi, Islamabad and Kabul."
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