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The United States and India can forge a
stronger, more comprehensive and mutually beneficial relationship by building
on the accomplishments of recent years. Looking beyond the upcoming national
elections in India, the Obama administration is looking forward to developing a
comprehensive agenda of cooperation with India across the full spectrum of
economic, political and security challenges.
The relationship between the U.S. and India was uneasy throughout the Cold War
and beyond. Relations began to thaw late in the Clinton administration. The
Bush administration picked up the ball in 2005, and spent three years working
to realize the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Initiative, including a bilateral
peaceful nuclear cooperation agreement, which makes civil nuclear trade
possible with India.
In a recent speech at the Brookings Institution, a non-profit public policy
organization based in Washington, D.C., U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James
Steinberg said that building on these accomplishments, the U.S. and India can
forge a stronger, more comprehensive relationship to meet the challenges of the
21st century. "The agreement not only provides a concrete platform for
economic and technological cooperation between our two countries," said
Deputy Secretary Steinberg, "but also offers a basis for moving beyond one
of the most serious barriers of our political cooperation -- the status of
India's nuclear program."
Deputy Secretary Steinberg went on to say that the U.S. and India can expand
their cooperation to spur development and economic growth in the subcontinent,
and confront shared problems regionally and globally. " We will not always
agree on how best to address the vital challenges of our times," said
Deputy Secretary of State Steinberg, "but our common values and our
intertwined fate require us to make the effort to seek common ground. That is
the commitment of President Obama and Secretary Clinton," he said.