Hillary Clinton Urges India To Step Up and Lead
United States State Secretary Hillary Clinton, who is touring the world in a diplomatic endeavor to promote American interests in Europe and Asia, has reached India, where she participated in discussions with the political leaders and with economic groups.
The political message she delivered in New Delhi was one of partnership with the largest democracy in the world to counter the growth of the largest Communist country in the world.
Playing India against China, Clinton said time has come for India to lead the east Asia and urged the Indians to become more involved in eastern Asian economic landscape.
Speaking in front of an audience in the southern city of Chennai, formerly called Madras, Clinton said that it was time for India to seize the opportunity of the 21st century. “It is time to lead,” she told Indians.
She also made reference to the greater role India should play in Afghanistan, in order to integrate this country in South Asian regional economy.
The piracy in East Asia was also a topic Clinton attacked, urging India to cooperate with the U.S. in order to make the shipping routes safe of piracy.
Since India and the United States share the same democratic values, Clinton urged the Indian decision-makers to make their contribution to turning the zone into a region that embraces international norms of security, rule of law, trade, human rights and governmental accountability.
The State Secretary also called India to work with the United States toward establishing a East Asia Summit, a forum of regional nations, including Australia and the United States. The common body is expected to deal with security and political issues.
Clinton also addressed a sensitive matter, the territorial conflict in South China Sea, where China, Vietnam and the Philippines are clashing over territories that are believed to be rich in oil and gas.
The United States, she added, will inaugurate a steady dialogue with Japan and India. A relation between U.S., India and China was also on her top priorities.
With greater involvement in the regional political and economic landscape, India must assume more responsibilities. Clinton urged India to speak out against the violation of human rights in the region.
Clinton’s visit to India comes at a time when the United States has strained relations with both China and Pakistan.
Last week, Obama administration cut off the support for Pakistan because of the distrust that grew between the U.S. and its Asian ally in the fight against terror, especially after the assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
Pakistan replied by withdrawing the security troops from the common border with Afghanistan, leaving the Taliban a large maneuver range.
China strongly protested last week against the visit to the White House of the spiritual leader of the Tibetans, Dalai Lama.
On Tuesday, the vice president of China, considered by many the future president of the largest economy in the world, spoke out violently against those who support Tibetan independence.
Xi Jingping said China would smash all who want independence for Tibet, even though not even Dalai Lama speaks about independence, but only about more autonomy and preservation of cultural and religious traditions.11