signature campaign to woo US Prez to visit Chennai
At a time when every State in the
country was wooing US President Barack Obama to visit their
respective States, students of a private school in the city
outskirts today launched a signature »
Obama may address
parliament Nov 9
Declaring that "a new American moment" had arrived, Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton Wednesday said that President Barack will
use his November visit to India to take its relationship with an
"indispensable" partner to the next level.
"The emerging powers represent a spectrum of interests and
values," Clinton said in a wide-ranging speech at the Council on
Foreign Relations, outlining the Obama administration's foreign
"India, for instance, is the world's largest democracy, a country
with which the United States shares fundamental values and a broad
range of national interests," Clinton said talking about efforts
"to deepen engagement with (these) emerging centres of influence".
"That convergence of values and interests has helped us to lay the
foundation of an indispensable partnership," she said adding that
"President Obama will use his visit in November to take our
relationship to the next level".
Declaring that "a new American moment" had arrived Clinton said:
"This is a moment that must be seized - through hard work and bold
decisions - to lay the foundations for lasting American leadership
for decades to come."
As part of these efforts, she said, the US was trying to "deepen
engagement with these emerging centres of influence" that are
growing rapidly and already playing more influential roles in
their regions and in global affairs, such as China and India,
Turkey, Mexico and Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa, as well as
In the Asia-Pacific region, the US had "reaffirmed our bonds with
close allies like South Korea, Japan and Australia", Clinton said.
"We also deepened our regional engagement with China, and with
India, which we see as a vital Asian democracy."
US efforts on climate change offer a good example of how it was
working through multiple venues and mechanisms to advance its
goals, she said citing Obama's role at the Copenhagen conference
on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
"When negotiations in Copenhagen reached an impasse, President
Obama led our team into a meeting of key leaders that included
China, India, South Africa, and Brazil - working with them and our
colleagues from Europe and elsewhere to fashion a deal," Clinton
"While far from perfect, (it) saved the summit from failure and
represents progress we can build on in the future," she said
noting, "For the first time, all major economies made national
commitments to curb carbon emissions and report with transparency
on their mitigation efforts."
(Arun Kumar can
be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)