President Joe Biden began his visit to India with a private meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where they discussed democracy and joint technology and infrastructure projects. The leaders agreed to continue action on various fronts, including semiconductors, higher education, reducing carbon emissions, 5G and 6G technology, and shipping lane access in the Indo-Pacific.
Kurt Campbell, a Biden advisor on the Indo-Pacific, said the two leaders have formed a growing bond over a series of meetings and shared projects and ambitions over the last several years.
Biden is in New Delhi for the Group of 20 summit and will mingle with world leaders. The US, India’s most invested country, showed up and is engaged in every major initiative that will be rolled out over the next couple of days.
According to the White House, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan also attended the meeting on the American side. External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval were among the Indian delegation members.
While it was a disappointment for India that China and Russia skipped the summit, the US intends to strengthen and deepen their relationship.