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US Presidential Nominee Joe Biden Extends Support for India against China and Pak

Following his Wednesday announcement of his Vice President pick as Sen Kamala Harris, Democratic party Presidential nominee Joe Biden offers India his complete support against China and Pakistan.


Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris at a new conference in Delaware on Wednesda (PC: AP)

On India’s 73rd Independence Day, Democratic party Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has released a policy document extending support to India in condemning any and all forms of cross-border terrorism in South Asia. He has further explicitly mentioned that his administration would bolster ties with India against threats from China and Pakistan, its neighbouring countries. He has claimed that he wants to make sure no country “is able to threaten its neighbours with impunity.”


A Biden administration also promises support for India’s defence, and bringing the US back into the Paris Accords to further collaborate with India to combat climate change. It also declares that in the event of Biden’s presidency, he will “preserve family unification as a core principle of our immigration system” and increase the number of permanent, work-based visas offered, by reversing the current Trump administration's merit-based system. He has also assured Indians that he will eliminate country limits on Green Cards, which has put India back by a backlog of 100 years.

"No common global challenge can be solved without India and the United States working as responsible partners," said the Biden campaign.

Biden is clearly appealing to the Indian-American vote, one that he has to contest with President Trump. Sen Kamala Harris, Biden’s VP Pick, has a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, making her the first ever Black Indian-American woman to run for Vice President. His policy document also promises Indian-Americans representation in his administration (starting with his VP pick), and that its government will reflect the diversity of the American populace, assuring Indian Americans that a Biden government is something they can count on.


It is also worth noting that Joe Biden, both as a Senator and as Obama’s Vice President, has held good relations with India, something that the policy document further elaborates on. "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 explains. The Obama-Biden administration was also in deep collaboration with India in terms of economic strategic and defence relations.


However, previously, Joe Biden has released statements criticising the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens in June, while appealing for the 0.9 per cent Muslim population in the US. Biden's Muslim agenda says: "In Kashmir, the Indian government should take all necessary steps to restore rights for all the people of Kashmir. Restrictions on dissent, such as preventing peaceful protests or shutting or slowing down the Internet, weaken democracy."


Meanwhile President Trump took a sharp shot at Sen Kamala Harris, calling her a step worse than Biden.

She is of Indian heritage. I have more Indians than she has," said Trump while speaking to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association.

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