What I see is a recognition in both countries and by both leaders that what’s called
for here is the intensity of effort and
engagement to work through these issues,
and I am confident that’s what we’ll see on
the civilian nuke deal.
The civ nuke deal was transformational,
was path-breaking, and it brought our two
countries, our two systems, our two people
together around a shared set of ideals and
objectives. In that sense it has delivered on
its promise because we are now working
together across the board in so many different areas and in so many shared goals
and interests that weren’t the case.
So much of the distrust and misunderstandings have cleared away and we do
have a greater recognition of the power
and the potential of this partnership. So,
in that sense, the civ nuke deal kind of
achieved some singular impacts.
We continue to work aggressively for the
potential of nuclear energy and what that
would mean for hundreds of millions of
Indians who currently have inadequate
access for power.
And, so, that will continue to be work
planned as we move forward.
Unlike Japan or China, the US has no
institutional mechanism to invest in mas-
sive infrastructure development in India.
For example, you are never going to have
the President of the United States promising or pledging $100 billion in investment
for help in infrastructure development in
India. Doesn’t that put the US at a distinct
I don’t believe so. I believe American
companies are some of the most competitive companies in the world today. They
bring some of the most cutting edge
technologies and they bring a whole slew
of best practices in terms of management, effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and accountability, and the way
they do business.
And, when they see an attractive envi-
ronment in which to invest, in which to
manufacture, in which to trade, they
surge to that market.
What we see is that as the prime minis-
ter and his team go about making the
case for India Inc, making the case for
how they seek to create that enabling
environment, we are confident that the
relationship between the American econ-
omy and the Indian economy would con-
tinue to grow and strengthen.
And, it doesn’t require government to
direct financing, and government to direct
investment. There is a natural inclination
for the innovation and entrepreneurship of
the American private sector to seek out
partnership with the innovation and
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the President has been
Secretary of State John Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flanked by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, left, and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, August 1. LUCAS JACKSON/REU TERS