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INDIA – UNITED STATES
India as the Obama administration’s new frontier
The first visit by the US president is an opportunity for Indians to boost their country’s economic development but also improve their human rights, this despite the Indian government’s low expectations. New trade deals between the United States, India and other South Asian nations are a strong signal against the backdrop of Chinese expansion into the region.
11/11/2009 CHINA – UNITED STATES
In China Obama to stress respect for “human rights”
Chinese Human Rights Defenders writes an open letter to the US president, criticising Washington’s failure to stand up to Beijing on human rights and censorship. The organisation calls on Obama to raise the issues in his meeting with Hu Jintao.
28/01/2015 INDIA - UNITED STATES
Christian leader thanks to Obama for defending freedom of religion
During his official visit to India, the US president spoke out in defence of freedom of worship, citing Article 25 of the Indian Constitution. Sajan K George welcomed the words of the US leader in a nation "where violence against minorities, especially Christians, is commonplace." Hindu extremist movements support the government, a "stain" on the country's secular credentials.
26/01/2015 INDIA - UNITED STATES
Obama and Modi reach nuclear deal without giving details
After years of deadlock, the two powers take an "important step" to implement an earlier 2005 US decision to provide India reactor components. The US leader shortens his visit to fly to Saudi Arabia. China cast its shadow over the meeting.
21/05/2013 UNITED STATES - MYANMAR
As Obama welcomes Myanmar president, praises his reforms, human rights activists criticise him
Thein Sein makes an historic visit to the United States, the first Burmese head of state in 50 years to step on the White House lawn. The US president praised his "genuine efforts", but at the same time calls for the protection of minorities, particularly the Rohingya. His Myanmar counterpart says he is committed a "new national identity" that does not distinguish between ethnic and religious groups.
10/11/2008 CHINA – UNITED STATES
China asks Obama for “respect”
In its first telephone conversion with the new US leader, Chinese President Hu Jintao praises mutual ties but already lays down “conditions” for their further development. In the meantime he is getting ready to take part in the G20 Summit scheduled for the US capital and expresses his country’s willingness to intervene in global financial markets.
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