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Trump's new Afghan Policy

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by Butter Chicken, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. Butter Chicken

    Butter Chicken Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Its time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to fight terror: Donald Trump
    Pakistani people have suffered from terror, but at same time Pakistan has been safe haven for terrorists: Donald Trump



     
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  2. Hellfire

    Hellfire Devil's Advocate THINKER

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    Same boring script being repeated year after year
     
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    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Trump's Afghanistan strategy includes new ultimatum on India


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying out his new Afghanistan war strategy, President Donald Trump reissued old demands on neighboring Pakistan to eliminate militant sanctuaries. Less expected: an entirely new warning to close U.S. partner India to provide more economic aid.

    Much of Trump's eagerly awaited address on turning around the nation's longest war sounded familiar, not least the need for Pakistan to crack down on Taliban fighters hiding across Afghanistan's borders. Washington has clamored for greater Pakistani action for years.

    More surprising was Trump's blunt challenge to India and how he linked Afghanistan's economic revitalization to totally separate U.S.-Indian trade matters.

    "We appreciate India's important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development," Trump said.

    He didn't elaborate, but the threat was clear, especially given Trump's regular chafing over countries enjoying significant trade surpluses with the United States. Either India must pony up more money for what the Trump administration is calling its "regional approach" to Afghanistan, or it could face commercial repercussions.

    The U.S. deficit in goods and services with India last year was about $30 billion. Trump also is reviewing a work visa program heavily used by Indians.

    Such trade threats might be new to India, but Trump has employed them similarly with China. He has linked decisions on whether Beijing is a currency manipulator or a trade rules violator to how strongly its government pressures North Korea over its nuclear program.

    Trump's remarks on trade could irk India, which also has suffered attacks by Pakistan-based militants and sees itself as a natural counterterrorism ally of the United States. And they come less than two months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was warmly welcomed at the White House as a key strategic partner, with the two leaders exchanging hugs and declaring their shared interest in bringing stability to Afghanistan.

    India has provided $3 billion in aid to Afghanistan since 2001.

    "I imagine his cutting reference to the trade deficit with India will leave a bit of a sour taste in the mouth of New Delhi, which otherwise was likely quite content with Trump's speech," said Michael Kugelman, a South Asia expert at the Wilson Center think tank.

    Indeed, Trump had far sharper words for Pakistan, India's long-time rival. The two countries are locked in a decades-old dispute over the territory of Kashmir. Each has nuclear weapons.

    Trump said it was time for Pakistan "to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace" after benefiting from billions in U.S. counterterrorism funds since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    "But Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people," Trump said. "We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting."

    Trump said America's patience was over: "That will change immediately. No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials."
     
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  4. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    What an idiot this guy is. The balance of Indo-US trade is in favour of US. US earns more from us and not vice versa.
     
  5. Blackjay

    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    Not really we export more to US,than our imports from them.US has a trade deficit with India of about 30 billion dollars as on 2016.
    Mostly we export services.
    https://ustr.gov/countries-regions/south-central-asia/india
     
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    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    Please include source in articles.Would be good to know whether this is an Indian article or from US media.

    It is the same speech as in original post.You could interpret it anyway you want because Trump being Trump is incapable of focusing on point.For me the speech was pretty positive regarding Indian interests.That quip about trade deficit with India and China is something he has inserted randomly in lot of his speeches.It doesn't mean much(like "lock her up") .Let's see how he deals with China where US has a bigger trade deficit and due to unfair trade practices not just natural competitiveness.
     
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