Trump praises India and Narendra Modi; attacks China at APEC Summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met the Indian U-17 football team which had represented the country in a FIFA World Cup event for the first time in the history of Indian football.

Speaking at the gathering of CEOs as part of the summit, Trump said Modi has been successful in bringing the people of India together despite being a heterogeneous country. He also commended India for being the world's largest democracy and achieving a phenomenal growth. The bipartisan group of Congressional leaders, reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2018 National defence Authorisation Act (NDAA), also urged the Department of Defence to closely monitor United States security assistance to Pakistan and ensure that the country does not use it to support terrorist groups. Redressing the balance of trade between Asia and the United States is at the centre of Trump's "America First" policy he says will protect USA workers.

Earlier during his Asia visit, Trump had met Chinese premier Xi Jinping and discussed without fuss about the unfair trade practices of China, which is causing "enormous trade deficits they have produced with the United States".

With a vibrant area, a young demographically, one should be envious of the demographics, said the official.

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Trump and Prime Minister Modi are scheduled to attend the East Asia Summit beginning next week.

Trump had travelled to Danang from Beijing, where he had also discussed America's huge trade imbalance with China.

Trump noted that countries outside of APEC were making great strides in this new chapter for the Indo-Pacific.

The use of the term Indo-Pacific by President Trump has led to speculation that it may have something to do with Washington preparing the ground for a revival of the so-called Quadrilateral strategic alliance between the US, Japan, Australia and India to counter China's rise.