WASHINGTON: Newly anointed US President, Donald Trump, called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday on phone. Since then, the Indian media seems to be on cloud nine, trying to highlight the fact that the call was made before Trump had dialed any other number in Europe, or even didn’t call Putin, who many believe is like his bosom pal.
While the text of the telephone conversation hasn’t been made public thus far, the two leaders reportedly discussed the security situation in South and Central Asia.
It must be noted here that Trump gave a great advantage to China merely a day ago by pulling out of Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP. Before the US pulled out of the trade deal, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership had twelve nations onboard and covered as much as 40% of the world’s economic output. With the United States out of the picture and China having been refuted entry, it is now a miniaturized version of what it was initially expected to be. Now China is expected to fill the void by expanding its own trade block that will completely eclipse the TPP.
White House later said that among the various topics that came up during their talks extending cooperation in various sectors, especially the military was discussed. “President Trump emphasised that the United States considers India a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world,” the White House said. The significance of US’ partnership with India was reflected in the fact that President Trump called Prime Minister Modi before he spoke with important allies like Britain, Germany and Japan or major powers like China and Russia since formally taking office last Friday.