Modi is leaving for the United States today; here is what is on the agenda

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs for the United States on Wednesday for a three-day visit, with stops in Washington and New York. This is his first overseas trip since March of last year when he visited Bangladesh. Mint unboxes her visit:

What will be the highlight of Modi’s visit to the United States?

One of the key events in the United States is a meeting of the leaders of the four Quad countries – the United States, India, Japan and Australia – which have common interests – mainly, a free Indo-Pacific and open, against the background of the Chinese military muscle flexion. They held a virtual summit on March 12 when they agreed to boost production of covid vaccines for Indo-Pacific countries. It was understood that India would manufacture the vaccine, Biological E, based in Hyderabad, receiving the green light from Johnson & Johnson. Japan would fund the project and Australia would help distribute vaccines in the Indo-Pacific region.

What can we expect from a Quad meeting?

One possible conclusion is an agreement to create a secure supply chain for semiconductors, which would signal that the alliance to counter China in the Indo-Pacific is expanding its reach. Chinese chipmakers are making aggressive investments to increase the capacity of widely used semiconductors. The Quad can state that “resilient, diverse and secure technology supply chains for hardware, software and services” are vital to their common national interests, according to Japan’s Nikkei Asia. Quad countries could also announce an infrastructure initiative to tackle the Chinese belt. and Road Initiative.

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What are Modi’s other commitments in the United States?

Modi is expected to have bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The meetings with Biden and Suga will be the first in-person exchanges Modi has with the two in their current roles. Modi met Biden at least twice when he was US vice president in the Obama administration.

What issues are likely to be discussed in bilateral meetings?

The situation in Afghanistan, China’s territorial belligerence, the Australia-UK-US pact on nuclear submarines and climate change are some of the likely issues. The need to stem radicalism, cross-border terrorism, dismantling terrorist networks, strengthening defense and trade ties, and exploring cooperation in new and emerging technologies will be on the agenda of talks with Biden. , senior officials said. With Biden’s interest in climate change, their reunion might see some announcements in this area.

What will Modi’s schedule be in New York?

Modi will arrive in New York on September 24, where he will be the first speaker at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25. “Building resilience through hope” after the pandemic is one of the themes of this year’s session, as is “revitalizing the UN”. In his speech, Modi is expected to address the regional situation, namely Afghanistan, cross-border terrorism, global efforts to tackle covid-19, the challenge of climate change and the need to reform the UN and other systems. multilateral.

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