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

Post FIFA World Cup appearance PM Modi meets India’s U-17 team

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented with an autographed jersey of India U-17 football team in New Delhi on Friday

U.S. president Donald Trump further said that the United States was willing to offer a mutual agreement with any country in the Indo-Pacific region.

The India U-17 team, which took part in the recently-concluded Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup for the first time in India's sports history, were invited by the Prime Minister after they came back from Saudi Arabia following the AFC Under-19 Championship Qualifiers.

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

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met the Indian under-17 football Team that participated in the recently concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was held in India.

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. "It's the largest democracy in the world", Trump said.

"And Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi has been working to bring that vast country and its entire people as one".

"So it is no accident that we are viewing the region with a wider aperture to include India as one of the "bookends", as Secretary (of State, Rex) Tillerson calls it, of the region - the United States being the other bookend", the official said, defending the use of term Indo-Pacific instead of Asia-Pacific for the region. The US President's approach appeared an attempt to balance American policy in regards to India and China.

Modi is expected to attend the East Asia Summit on November 14 in Manila.

Trump's statement about India came a day after his visit to China, where the United States signed commercial deals worth billions of dollars.

Attacking China, Trump said the USA has reached the limit of tolerance when it comes to stealing of intellectual property and cautioned that if such practices continue unabated, the United States will force the companies indulging in such activities to surrender their technology, forcing them into joint ventures in exchange for market access.

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