As a pre-visit sweetener, the USA on Thursday approved the sale of 22 Guardian drones to the Indian air force, a deal worth $2bn to $3bn. White House aides focused on something even more Trumpian.
In a statement, Patrick Kilbride, Vice President of International Intellectual Property, Global Intellectual Property Center said from the halls of the Congress to the Trump administration, U.S. leaders have placed an emphasis on ensuring American innovation is respected overseas. The two have talked on the phone three times, including when in an unusual move Trump called Modi to congratulate him after the UP elections. "So there's really been no changes as such at this point, and no specific changes that target any specific country or sector as of yet", said the senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Modi's two-day visit to Washington, which starts Sunday, takes place amid uncertainty over the relationship because of differences on trade and other issues. "We are certainly eager to deepen the strategic partnership with India but we are also interested in continuing our co-operation with Pakistan", the official said.
With the United States expected to authorise India's purchase of naval drones, a senior White House official cautioned on Friday that any USA military transfer to India would not represent a threat to its rival neighbour Pakistan. "These kinds of sales that we're talking about are important for the strategic partnership, for cooperating in areas like the Indian Ocean region, increasing that cooperation, serving the interests of both countries", the official said.
In the past, U.S. government, influenced by pharmaceutical corporations, has successfully pressured India not to issue any compulsory licenses to make affordable versions of patented medicines available, it says.
These media outlets are anxious lest the Trump-Modi meeting be a success, as in their narrative, the 45th President of the United States will fail at anything worthwhile that he seeks to accomplish. India denies that and says it will continue to be part of the accord, regardless of US participation. In that, he's likely to find common ground with Trump.
Mr Modi will also discuss the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative, launched in 2012 during the Obama presidency, to expand trade in defence material between the two countries.
It will be interesting to see what role the Americans expect India to play in Afghanistan where violence has gone up.
"They could either hit if off amazingly or fall out completely". Modi thanked Costa for promoting wellness movement through yoga as a holistic health care practice. In making the announcement, the US president said New Delhi had made its participation "contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid".
Modi and Trump will have one-on-one talks followed by a meeting between delegations.
Already, India has pulled back from building coal-fired power plants and is expected to meet its goal of having 40 per cent of its energy from renewables well before the target of 2030.
India's existing law sets the bar higher than most countries, including U.S., for which medicines deserve patents, allowing people to gain access to generic options sooner.
Indian energy companies have signed over Dollars 32 billion in long-term contracts for the export of US-produced liquefied natural gas, including from Louisiana and Maryland, he said.
But founder Bindeshwar Pathak said he hoped the gesture would win enough publicity and good will to at least raise awareness of a major social problem.
He said Portugal has historical ties with India, but a special one with Gujarat and narrated the story of Kutch sailor Kanji Malam, who helped the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discover the sea route from Europe to India in 1497.style="text-align: center;"