Clinton visit deepens strategic ties with India: US media
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 23:10
Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's maiden visit to India has set Indo-US relations on a "new course" for the 21st century, US media said on Tuesday, terming the strategic dialogue as a "symbolic acknowledgment" of New Delhi's growing global stature.

Clinton's just-concluded trip has strengthened and deepened strategic bilateral ties, the mainstream American media commented on the outcome of the high-profile visit.

"The US generally reserves strategic dialogues for major countries like China, so this is a symbolic acknowledgment of India's rising role in the world," said The New York Times in its report which also appeared prominently in another prominent US daily The Boston Globe.

The Washington Post said that the Obama administration had through Clinton's visit made it clear that it wants to "further deepen ties" with India.

"Clinton is an Indiaphile, clearly fascinated by the country, its people and its food. Speaking to about 700 students at Delhi University, she said it would be a mistake to allow stereotypes portrayed in popular culture to influence relations between the two countries," it said.

In a front page posting, the Christian Science Monitor said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be the first world leader to be accorded a State Visit in November.

This "demonstrates" Obama administration's designation of India as a crucial partner for the US in the 21st century.

"The importance bestowed on Singh may be fitting, some regional experts say, given India's booming economy, its example as a stable multi-ethnic society, and its status as the world's largest democracy," wrote The Christian Science Monitor.

"But it should not surprise the Obama administration if the attention to India and Singh causes problems with another crucial US partner in the region: Pakistan," it said.

The Chicago Tribune, published from Chicago, using a Associated Press news report from New Delhi gave the headline "Clinton, with Indian counterpart, sets relations on new course for 21st century".

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 23:10

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