`Deepening of ties with India gives US better understanding`

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that deepening of US`s relationship with key countries like Russia, China and India gives the US a better understanding and also to its counterparts.

Last Updated: May 28, 2010, 12:32 PM IST

Washington: Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton has said that deepening of America`s relationship with
key countries like Russia, China and India gives the US a
better understanding and also to its counterparts.

"I happen to be a big believer. I think that deepening
our engagement with key countries, like Russia, China, India
and others, gives us a better understanding and also to our
counterparts," Clinton said in her remarks at the Brookings
Institute here.

"It also puts the relationship on a broader
framework than just the usual hot-spot crisis emergency that
then marshals everybody`s attention.

And we have seen how just in this last year, using
those dialogues has helped to address some serious common
problems. But it has also helped to keep the relationship on
an even keel going forward," she observed.

"We have as you know built on the work or prior
administrations, with respect to China, and now have probably
the biggest exchange of government officials and sharing of
insights that we have ever had, not only with China but
probably with any country," she said referring to the last
week`s Us-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

The US is having its first Strategic Dialogue with
India next week.

"With India, which starts next week, it is the first
time ever we`ve had a ministerial strategic dialogue.

There have been interactions, of course, at many
levels," she said and quickly referred to Strobe Talbot of the
Brookings who was the Clinton Administration`s point man for
India.

"But we want to develop connections not only between
high-ranking diplomats, as Strobe was, but also between people
working on higher education, people working on clean water,
people working on women`s empowerment. And that is exactly
what we intend to do," Clinton said.

"We are investing in developing countries that we
believe are reaching the tipping point, such as Ghana and
Tanzania, to help create new capable partners.

The president`s speech in Ghana last year was a real
clarion call to countries in Africa to think about their
potential differently and to build institutions, to move from
the rule of men to the rule of law. And so we want to work to
create more success stories," she said.

Referring to the last week`s dialogue with China,
Clinton said nearly 200 top US officials attended the second
dialogue of its kind with China.

"A lot of the work that was done is never going to
get into a headline, but it is significant," she said.

"Two quick examples. We signed the first-ever
agreement where American experts will work with their Chinese
counterparts in developing the natural-gas industry in China,
which holds promise. Why is that important? Well, for China,
having indigenous independent energy sources is good news for
them.

For us, China with indigenous independent energy
sources is good news for us, because we see, then, a shift
away from energy dependence in parts of the world that
obviously influence their foreign policy," Clinton said.

"If you have to keep your factories running and the
lights on, and there are certain places in the world that
provide that, then that`s going to influence, you know, how
you treat your engagements with those countries," she said.

"Secondly, we did a lot of talking about
development. You know, China is present very heavily in Africa
and Latin America and other parts of Asia doing development
work, much of it tied to economic interests, but not
exclusively.

We actually began to have a conversation for the
first time about how we can better understand what they`re
doing, be more transparent with what we`re doing and look for
ways to work together," Clinton said.

PTI

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