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What will the future of India-US relations be during Biden’s Presidency?
Asia Pacific Focus

What will the future of India-US relations be during Biden’s Presidency?

The India US relations during Biden’s Presidency: Joe Biden’s fabulous win will surely reshape the country’s relationship with other nations around the globe. Joe Biden has vowed that he will re-establish the United States relations with the other nations and unite various world democracies. He stated that he will face the challenge of countries that are weakening.

His statements are a sheer contrast to President Trump, who in his administrative term taken a rigid path towards foreign policy and impaired various decades-old alliances. 

India is placing its hope in Joe Biden’s presidency to make India-US the closest countries around the globe.

PM Narendra Modi, in the Howdy Modi function during Sept 2019 had stated ‘Abki Baar, Trump Sarkar’, on Saturday tweeted to compliment Biden for his stupendous victory and added that he is anticipated working closely with the new US government to bring the bilateral ties to more prominent heights. 

Furthermore, to Harris, Modi expressed: “Your victory is pathbreaking, and a matter of enormous pride not only for your chittis [a Tamil family term that Harris utilized in her VP nominee speech], yet additionally for every Indian-American. I am sure that the energetic India-U.S. ties will get considerably stronger with your leadership and support.”

Analysts, meanwhile stated that India will find a long-lasting friend in Biden, who will keep in mind the India-US relationship and its long-term strategic interests.

After, Joe Biden’s triumph in the US Presidential Elections 2020, the market also surged. Biden’s success, as indicated by researchers, will decrease strategy vulnerability and pave the way towards the much-anticipated financial stimulus. 

In this situation, as per economic analysts, institutional assets are probably going to discover their way into Asian equities. Another factor that would give EM equity advantage over developed markets is the following round of stimulus by Washington. Experts state it has been observed in the past that a more fiscal stimulus will favor the EM equities.

India’s diplomatic sources told ThePrint, India, which has now taken a firm stand on aligning more closely to the US while confronting China, even as it presses for a standard-based order under the Indo-Pacific development with other nations. Surely India hopes for better and profound relations with the new Biden presidency. 

Before the US elections, New Delhi and the US held their third round of 2+2 Ministerial Dialog in which the two sides marked an important defense deal while conveying strong signals to Pakistan and China. 

India and the US have additionally promised to make their security and defense relations stronger. A great defense deal was signed on Oct 28 between India and the US. The marking of the most anticipated Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) allows the two countries to share key strategic data with each other.

Under the Trump regime, trade became a significant standing point in the India-US ties. While the US came down intensely on nations with which it had an import/export deficit. However, the Biden regime is likewise expected to review the huge trade deal under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Trump had withdrawn in 2017.

How will Joe Biden win impact the global fight against the climate crisis

How will Joe Biden win impact the global fight against the climate crisis

Joe Biden win impact global climatic crisis. United States of America became the only country to have formally walked out of the Paris Agreement on Wednesday, at the stroke of midnight. This hence fulfilled President Donald Trump’s campaign promise that he had made four years ago in 2016. US, led by President Trump is the only country to reject the grave danger that is looming on accord of the global climate crisis, that could have been averted through the globally accepted Paris Agreement. 

The past four years have seen unparalleled catastrophic disasters due to climate change. Fossil fuels are being rejected by investors as the prices of renewable energy are dropping. US allies are accepting the challenges that lie ahead. UK, European Union, South Korea and Japan can be seen rushing to minimize the damage and revert the emission rates. The nations have pledged to bring their emissions to net zero by 2050. China too has joined the list of ambitious pledge. 

This has brought United States standing as a lone warrior – but the fight is not worth fighting for. Global leaders have always hoped that Trump would change his stance and join the global fight against climate change. But Trump has never displayed of any such intentions. He has been clear – bring money into the country through lobbying of oil and gas production. He is ignorant of its impact on climate, it would lock-in the fossil fuel abuse for decades together. The leader that the US has always been, has been missing for the past four years. 

Lois M. Young, Ambassador of Belize to the UN, who also represents nations highly vulnerable to rising sea-level hoped the US would pledge to the Paris Agreement and minimize climate change risks globally. She said, “That the country that has contributed the most to climate change is now formally outside of the Paris Agreement, and may remain so for at least the next four hours, is an appalling thought.

The world is closely watching the US Presidential Elections as millions of votes are being counted to determine the next US President. Former VP, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is just a step away from the historic win, that the entire world is hoping for. Biden’s win will be a tremendous advantage and opportunity for the global climate change fight, thus rekindling the fighting chance for a substantial change.

It is absolutely certain that if President Trump succeeds to win the election, the next four years are locked in of the country’s staying out of the accord. This will ensure that global temperatures keep on rising. But if Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins, the country would be back in the agreement in “exactly 77 days”.

Though joining the Paris Agreement will be a piece of cake, the tricky part would be to catch up on the damages already made. The US would have to work endlessly to reduce emissions and also strengthen the ties with its allies.

Mr. Biden is clear on his position and his administration’s plan on climate change fight. He has laid out his plan of spending $2 trillion across four years to diverge from coal, gas, and oil. He has projected to make US zero-emitting of fossil fuel emissions by 2035 through electricity generation. The planning is clear – the US will be a carbon-neutral economy. His plan also includes bring electric modes of transmission and building sustainable housing units, that will be conducive to bringing down the global temperatures.

Biden’s plan is in sync with that of the Paris Agreement, and together the world can achieve the accord’s goal of keeping the global temperatures at a safe level. The election results will pave the country’s path and will be decisive of its future as a constructive power or rebuking power in relation to climate change.

US Presidential election narrows down as Biden leads post-winning Michigan & Wisconsin, Trump continues to undermine election credibility

US Presidential election narrows down as Biden leads post-winning Michigan & Wisconsin, Trump continues to undermine election credibility

Joe Biden is nearing the 270 electoral votes mark to win the US Presidential Election and become the 46th President of the United States of America. He is leading and is just a step away from the win, standing strong with 264 electoral votes. The game-changing win in Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday has paved the way for his clear victory. These were the states in which Biden registered a flip victory, which Trump had won in the 2016 elections. President Trump is standing with 214 electoral votes. 

Nevada is one of the states whose results are awaited with Biden leading with 49.3% votes and Trump is trailing closely at 48.7%. The race is close and can be one of the deciding factors for Biden’s win. The state has 6 electoral votes – the exact number for Biden to hit the 270 mark. If Nevada turns blue, Biden is getting his entry into the White House. 

The experts are however calling the presidential race too close to call a win for Biden. 

Pennsylvania’s results are still awaited, with 20 electoral college votes the state has quite a weightage. Trump is leading with 50.7% votes and Biden has 48.1%. Still, 11% of votes are left to be counted, and that can turn the tables. If Trump wins the Penn state, he can be back in the race.

The officials say the final count in the state cannot be declared before Friday. But if Biden wins the state, we have a clear winner. Similarly, Trump is leading in North Carolina, which has 15 electoral college votes, and Georgia, which has 16 electoral votes. If Trump wins all these three states, he will be standing strong with 265 electoral votes. He is also leading in Alaska which has 3 electoral college votes.

Arizona was called as a win for Biden on Wednesday, another flip victory for the former VP. But mail-in ballot counting in Arizona is still ongoing, with many large counties still awaiting the final tally. The state with 11 electoral college votes, is largely Republican, which was last voted Democratic in 1996. But with increased Hispanic electorate
share, this is critical for Biden and also Trump.

Why the confusion? Could it have been avoided?
The massive confusion, anxiety, and agitation could have been avoided which the country is facing for the past two days over election results. The drawn-out ballot counting in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin are not due to close race but are artificially developed due to counting left for the last minute. Long votes counting is a form of voter suppression, largely a result of stringent rules imposed in Republican-controlled states. This made Wisconsin and Pennsylvania barred from any early processing of mail-in ballots. Citing pandemic this should have been allowed. Michigan was allowed only one day for early votes processing. The problem was expected along with Trump being expected to take advantage of delayed counting and uncertainty ensued with attempts to steal election through false claims.

What does the Constitution say regarding votes counting? How long do the states have to count the votes?
President Trump had falsely tried to declare his victory on the election night. He has been constantly challenging the credibility of the country’s election process and claiming conspiracies against him. Well, none of that is actually true. As opposed to what Trump says, the results are not to be declared on the night of the election. Constitution and federal laws have clear guidelines for this.

On Election Day (November 3): Millions of people cast their votes weeks into the election day through either mail-in ballot or as in-person absentee voter. Federal law says that the election day occurs on the first Tuesday after November’s first Monday. Though winners are projected, there is still scope for changed results due to continuing main-in ballot counting.

From November 4 to November 23: By the election day, all mail-in ballots must be postmarked by the states. During this period more votes are counted. But even after November 3 votes can be still be received and counted by states. But they must be received by two days after Election Day, except in Washington state, where they can be received till November 23. After this, on 24 th , the state announces its final tally. In Minnesota and Nevada, they can be received until 10 November. In Ohio, it is till November 13.

November 10 to December 11: States clarify and confirm the results.

December 8: By this date, all states must have counted votes, settled any disputes and determine the electoral college winner.

January 3: Members of the House and Senate members get sworn in. This will mark the 117 th Congress commencement.

January 6: New House and Senate members read out the electoral votes in the House of Chamber and counted. The session is presided by the Senate President.

January 20: Day when newly elected President takes an oath in his office.

The stress and apprehension around US Presidential Elections are too high. The race is too close and still can sway either side. But the only hope is that the whole process proceeds with democratic stability intact and gracious acceptance by the contenders of the result.

Iranian President Rouhani says ‘whoever the United States elects as its next president doesn’t concern Tehran’
Middle East & Africa

Iranian President Rouhani says ‘whoever the United States elects as its next president doesn’t concern Tehran’

On Wednesday, as the results of the United States presidential elections are awaited, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that whom the US chooses as its next president doesn’t concern Tehran, Reuter’s reports. 

“For Tehran, the following United States administrative policies are significant and not who wins the US political race,” Rouhani stated in a cabinet meeting. 

As per analysts, Rouhani was referring to the 2015 Iran atomic accord that President Trump pulled out from in May 2018. Since the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal and forced many economic sanctions on Iran. However, Iran has consistently disregarded its atomic commitments and enriched uranium exceeding what’s allowed under the accord, the UN nuclear watchdog reported.

Pressures between the US and Iran have been sharp for quite a long time, however, it hit its boiling point, when Washington killed Iranian army commander Qasem Soleimani, and Tehran reacted with missile strikes on Iraqi bases lodging US troops.

Trump explained that he ordered an airstrike in Iraq to execute Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani – a move that past US presidents had considered provocative, which further added to the already strained relationship between the two nations. 

The point of contention included authority over Iran’s oil holds, United States political interference in Tehran, Iran’s longing for atomic power, and the two nations’ developing impact in the Middle East. 

In 2016, President Trump signs an order prohibiting nationals from seven Muslim countries, including Iran, from entering America for 90 days. Iran calls the ban “an undeniable disrespect to the Islamic world” and reacts by directing a ballistic missile test. The growing strains between the two nations raised worries about the fate of the Iran atomic agreement.

In 2018, Trump withdrew from the Iran atomic deal, which he saw as unfair. He also announced that he will impose sanctions on Iran. 

Pressures further escalated in June 2019, after assaults on oil Persian Gulf and oil offices in Saudi Arabia, as well as the bringing down of a US drone.

The US authorities have consistently stressed that threats to the freedom of the route in the Gulf and the oil trade are inadmissible, yet the Trump government makes no move. 

The United States has recently hit hard and imposed fresh sanctions on 18 Banks in Iran, by additional hindering it from the global financial banking systems and forestalling the country’s endeavors to produce atomic weapons. 

The new sanctions will check Iran’s financial resources that could be used to support its nuclear program, uranium enrichment, radical terrorism, and hostile regional impact. 

The move was reprimanded by European allies who advised that sanctioning banks could crush the humanitarian situation in Iran as it requires meds and food amid the economic and coronavirus crisis. 

On Wednesday, Rouhani stated in a broadcast cabinet meeting that for Tehran, the following US administrative policies are significant and not who wins the US political race,” The National reported.

President Donald Trump’s continued sanctions that have injured Iran’s economy. In retaliation, Iran has step by step decreased compliance with agreement terms. 

Though, the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has vowed to rejoin Iran’s 2015 atomic deal with six forces if Iran restores agreement with it. 

Regardless of who wins the US political race … For Iran, principles and policies are important,” Rouhani stated. 

Recently, Trump has stated that he wants to work out a new deal with Tehran that would discuss Iran’s missile program and backing for provincial mediators in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria.

On Nov 4, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif rejected the idea of a new deal on the standing of the 2015 atomic agreement during the term of the next US president. 

In Sept 2019, Rouhani had expressed that Iran won’t hold bilateral discussions with the United States until it removes all its imposed sanctions from Iran. Also, it can begin a multilateral dialogue among Iran and other parties to a 2015 atomic deal, Reuters detailed. 

On Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also expressed that the 2020 US presidential race’s outcome won’t affect Tehran’s policy towards America.

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