US Presidential candidate for the Democrats Joe Biden administration said that it will place a “high priority” on continuing to strengthen the relationship between India and the US, asserting that if elected as the next president of the US, Biden will show zero tolerance towards cross-border terrorism in South Asia.
In a major policy document on Indian-Americans, the Joe Biden campaign said that the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden believes that India and US can solve any common global challenge by working as responsible partners.
A Biden administration will also work with India to support a rules-based and stable Indo-Pacific region in which no country, including China, is able to threaten its neighbours with impunity, it said
“Biden will deliver on his long-standing belief that India and the United States are natural partners, and a Biden administration will place a high priority on continuing to strengthen the US-India relationship,” the Biden Campaign said.
“No common global challenge can be solved without India and the United States working as responsible partners,” said the campaign as it released ”Joe Biden’s Agenda for the Indian American Community” policy document.
“From fighting Covid-19 to building our economy back better to reforming our system of immigration, a Biden-Harris Administration will be one that Indian-Americans can count on,” it said. As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the United States and India are bound together by their shared democratic values: fair and free elections, equality under the law, and the freedom of expression and religion, the campaign added.
The policy document comes days after former vice president Biden named Indian-origin US Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. Harris, whose father is an African from Jamaica and mother an Indian, is the first-ever Black vice-presidential nominee.
“Biden will ensure that South Asian Americans are represented in his administration, starting with his Vice-Presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris, whose mother emigrated from India to study and build a life in the United States,” the campaign policy document said.
As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the United States and India are bound together by their shared democratic values: fair and free elections, equality under the law, and the freedom of expression and religion, the campaign said.
“These core principles have endured throughout each of our nations’ histories and will continue to be the source of our strength in the future,” it said.
“In 2006, Biden announced his vision for the future of US-India relations: ”My dream is that in 2020, the two closest nations in the world will be India and the United States”,” it said.
He has also worked to make that vision a reality, including leading the charge in Congress, working with Democrats and Republicans, to approve the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement in 2008, said the campaign.
The Obama-Biden administration continued to deepen collaboration between India and the United States on strategic, defence, economic, regional, and global challenges.
Mr Biden was a major champion of growing and expanding the US-India partnership. Recognising India’s growing role on the world stage, the Obama-Biden administration formally declared US support for India’s membership in a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council, it said.