US has elevated its ties with India across the board: Obama
Welcoming India’s growing role in the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama has said that the US will continue to work with other countries in the region for “addressing political and security challenges.”
“We’ve elevated our ties with India across the board, and we welcome India’s growing role in the Asia Pacific,” Obama said in a major policy speech on Asia-Pacific region in Laos on Tuesday.
This is for the first time that a US President has visited Laos. Obama said to keep the peace and deter aggression, the US has deployed more of its most advanced military capabilities to the region, including ships and aircraft to Singapore.
“And by the end of the decade, a majority of our Navy and Air Force fleets will be based out of the Pacific. And our allies and partners are collaborating more with each other as well. So our alliances and defence capabilities in the Asia Pacific are as strong as they’ve ever been,” he said.
“We’ve also forged deeper ties with emerging economies and emerging powers. With Indonesia and Malaysia, we’re promoting entrepreneurship. We’re opposing violent extremism, and we’re addressing environmental degradation,” he said. “With my recent visit to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, we’ve shown our commitment to fully normalising our relationship with Vietnam,” Obama said.
“We’ve deepened our cooperation with regional institutions, especially here in Southeast Asia. And as part of our new strategic partnership with ASEAN, we’ve agreed to key principles, including that ASEAN will remain central to peace, prosperity and progress in the Asia Pacific,” Obama said.