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US working with India, Japan on ‘joint vision’ for region

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  • 14th July, 2015 09:29:48 AM
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US working with India, Japan on ‘joint vision’ for region
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal on Monday said they will build upon ‘Joint Vision’ for the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean Region to promote regional development, a rules-based order, and trade that is free and fair, reports UNB.

In September, the first U.S.-Japan-India ministerial meeting will move them closer to this goal as they strengthen their cooperation on humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and economic connectivity, she said.

The US Assistant Secretary made the remarks at a conference hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Confederation of Indian Industry in Washington, DC marking the 10th Anniversary of the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Deal. 

“And over the next ten years, India will need to provide 400 million of its citizens with reliable energy, so that parents can work through the day and their children can study at night - this is the key to India’s prosperous future,” Biswal said.

The United States and India - through clean energy partnerships - have mobilized nearly $3 billion in renewable energy investments since 2009 to secure that future, she said.

“Our nuclear cooperation with India is a vital component of India’s energy future, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, leaving cleaner air, and providing reliable electricity that can help increase investment, stabilize food prices, and power India’s economic rise,” Biswal said.