Daniel Twining: US-India economic ties must deepen
U.S. President Barack Obama enjoyed a successful summit with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Their time together reminds us that India, no less than China, will help determine the future of Asia and the world. The summit also showed India and the U.S. are likely to be allies that support peace and pluralism in the emerging global order.
Modi said the U.S.-India partnership would be instrumental in "shaping the character of this century." India, after decades of sitting on the sidelines of global politics, he added, would now assume its "responsibility" within a "global partnership" with the U.S.
This marks the demise of India's tradition of nonalignment, which may have suited the country when it was weak and poor. Now that India is rising and strong, it needs a new foreign policy.
It appears the U.S. and Japan now have a partner in New Delhi they can do business with. Previous Indian leaders have shied away from aligning openly with the world's top powers. A statement on security agreed at the summit aligns India with the U.S. and Japan. It advocates a regional balance of power tilted toward Asia's democracies rather than China.