The White House has high expectations for discussions concerning GE jet engines and civil nuclear technology during the upcoming bilateral talks between US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Earlier this year, General Electric’s aerospace division announced a collaboration agreement with India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics to jointly manufacture engines in India for use in fighter jets for the Indian Air Force.
During the Group of 20 (G20) summit in India and a visit to Vietnam, President Biden aims to demonstrate that the United States and its like-minded allies are superior economic and security partners compared to China.
The White House has outlined that Biden will use the annual G20 event to propose a plan for developing and middle-income nations that would increase the lending capabilities of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund by approximately $200 billion.
This proposal is intended to offer an alternative, albeit smaller, to China’s extensive Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, which the US sees as a cover for China-led regional development and military expansion. Chinese President Xi Jinping has opted not to attend the summit, with Premier Li Qiang representing the nation instead.
After the G20 summit, Biden will meet with Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi, where they are expected to unveil plans for enhanced economic collaboration.
Leaders of the US, India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have been working towards finalizing a joint infrastructure agreement that may be announced in New Delhi. This arrangement is expected to involve ship transit between India and Saudi Arabia, followed by train transit through Saudi Arabia and the UAE, likely to Jordan, and then ship transit to Turkey, with onward travel by train.
Jake Sullivan couldn’t confirm the deal but emphasized the strategic and economic benefits it could bring to the involved nations. He said, “We believe that connectivity from India across the Middle East to Europe is incredibly important and would bring a significant number of economic benefits, as well as strategic benefits, to all of the countries involved.”
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