India, US hope to move forward on many initiatives in 2022: White House
India and the US are working bilaterally and through the Quad to expand cooperation in trade, investment and emerging technologies
India and the US are expected to move forward together on a wide range of initiatives including tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) and new and emerging technologies in 2022.
“As you know, back in September, the [U.S.] President [Joe Biden] hosted Prime Minister Modi at the White House and their meeting was about launching a new chapter in the history of U.S.-India relationship. At that time, the two leaders laid out their shared vision for U.S.-India relationship and [we] will continue to work closely this year,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told media persons at her daily news conference.
Elaborating on the agenda of the Biden administration in the context of India-US relations in 2022, she said, “You can expect our Governments will be moving forward on a wide-ranging set of initiatives from cooperating to fight the pandemic, scaling up action to address climate change, working bilaterally and through the QUAD [Quadrilateral Security Dialogue], expand our cooperation in trade and investment, cyber, and in new and emerging technologies,.”
She also said that the two countries will move forward in a wide range of initiatives ranging from cyber and new and emerging technology to intensify efforts to deal with AIDS, to work bilaterally and through the Quad, to enhance cooperation in trade and investment.
“We will continue the dialogue as usual, focusing on deepening our people-to-people ties and strengthening our shared democratic values under our ties,” Psaki said.
“Undoubtedly, we will take the relationship forward from here,” she added.
In response to a question related to the aggressive behavior of China on India’s border, she said America is constantly monitoring the situation.
“We support a negotiated and peaceful settlement of these border disputes. We have been very clear about how we view China’s behavior in the region. We believe this could be destabilizing and we are concerned about China’s attempts to intimidate our neighbours,” she added.