US Presidential candidate for the Democrats, Joe Biden on Saturday promised to stand by India and confront the “threats” the country faces along the borders if he is elected President of the United States of America.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that if elected, his administration will stand with India in confronting the threats it faces and called for strengthening the “bond” between India and the United States.
Presidential elections in the US will be held on November 3 this year, and the 77-year-old is challenging incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the polls.
“Fifteen years ago, I was leading the efforts to approve the historic civil nuclear deal with India. I said that if the US and India became closer friends and partners, then the world will be a safer place,” Biden, who was vice-president in the Obama administration, said while addressing the Indian-American community on India’s Independence Day.
If elected president, Biden said, he will continue to believe this and also continue to stand with India against the threats it faces from its own region and along its borders.
He stated that he will work on developing two-way trade between the two nations and take on big global challenges like climate change and global health security.
If elected, the Democratic candidate said, he will work to strengthen the democracies where diversity is a mutual strength.
On this day, let us “continue to deepen the bond that endures between our nation’s and our people.
He said that “as President, I’ll also continue to rely on the Indian-American diaspora, that keeps our two nations together, as I have throughout my career”.
Kamala Harris and the ‘Indian’ Factor
“My constituents in Delaware, my staff in the Senate, the Obama administration that had more Indian-Americans than any other administration in the history of this country, and this campaign with Indian Americans at senior levels, which of course includes the top of the heap, our dear friend (Kamala Harris) who will be the first Indian American vice president in the history of the United States of America, Biden said.
Early this week, Biden created history by selecting Indian origin Senator Harris, 55, as his running mate in the US presidential election.
Harris, whose father is an African from Jamaica and mother an Indian, is the first-ever Black vice-presidential nominee.
“We all know she’s smart, she’s tested, she’s prepared. But another thing that makes Kamala so inspiring is her mother’s immigrant story to the US that started in India, with pure courage that brought her daughters to this moment. I know the pride you feel. It’s your story too,” Biden added.
“For your sacrifices, and your family’s courage, you became pillars of our community and our country. You’re patriots and the frontlines of this pandemic. In this reckoning of systemic racism, you’re making real promise that America is a place where people of all races and religions can live together in peace,” he said.
“But I know it’s hard. I heart goes out to all those of you who have been the targets in a rise in hate crimes, and the crackdown of legal immigration, including a sudden and harmful action on H-1B visas. That for decades have made America stronger and brought our nation’s closer,” Biden said.
The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
“While it’s sometimes may not feel like the US of your dreams, we will overcome and build back better than ever. Like (former President) Barack Obama had asked to me, I’m asking Kamala Harris, to be the last person in the room to ask the tough questions of me, provide counsel, most of all to always represent the belief in possibilities,” the former US vice president said.
Of the 41 lakh-odd Indian origin people in the U.S., close to 18 lakh (44%) were of voting age. Among Asians, Chinese and Filipinos had formed the largest share of voters in the U.S. Indian-origin people had formed the third-largest block of voters among Asians.
In 2016, 77 per cent of the Indian-American voted for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.