change in US-India ties a key achievement: Rice
Terming the "historic transformation" of the US'
ties with the "rising democratic power" India as
among its key strategic accomplishments, the Bush administration
has said it will enable Washington to advance its "interests
and values" in the region in future.
are other strategic accomplishments in Asia... partnerships
with a newly democratic Afghanistan, a democratic Pakistan,
and an historic transformation of our relationship with the
rising democratic power, India," US Secretary of State
Condoleeza Rice said addressing the The Heritage Foundation.
was at the conservative think tank to speak about US' ties
with Asia during the Bush administration with much of her
comments focussed on East and North East Asia.
at the beginning of our Administration, it was a bit rocky
in Asia. Tensions were rising across the Taiwan Strait. U.S.-China
relations were strained by the downed EP-3 plane.
in Kashmir was pulling India and Pakistan toward conflict.
A failed state in Afghanistan was a source of regional and,
as we found out, global instability. And North Korea, illicitly
pursuing a uranium enrichment capability, announced its withdrawal
from the Non-Proliferation Treaty, threw international inspectors
out of the country, and began once again to produce plutonium"
Rice said in her opening remarks.
actions contributed to rising tensions across Asia, but most
importantly in Northeast Asia, the most dynamic part of the
region and, historically, the most volatile.
2001, Rice said, the United States has improved its relationship
with every state in Northeast Asia simultaneously.