" "America First" and "Make in India" are not incompatible".
The briefing assumes significance as it was held in the backdrop of renewed allegations by the United States, which is pressurizing Pakistan to do more just to shift the blame of its failure in Afghanistan on Pakistan.
The statement comes days after the USA suspended its aid to Pakistan demanding credible action on certain terror groups active in the region. On China and the new global philosophy, Juster said, "Our strategy in the Indo-Pacific is an affirmative strategy. we want to have a constructive relationship with every country in the region. with mutual respect, that does not infringe on the sovereignty of other countries. we want to have a constructive relationship with the Chinese".
A major part of Justers speech was on ways to enhance economic and commercial relations.
"We are concerned about persistent trade deficits, including the one we have with India". He described India as a potential regional trade hub for American businesses.
"A number of USA companies have reported increasing difficulties conducting business in the largest market in the region - China", Juster added, "India can seize the strategic opportunity - through trade and investment - to become an alternative hub for U.S. business in the Indo-Pacific region".
Juster informed that a number of USA companies have reported increasing difficulties in conducting business in the largest market in the region, China.
Accordingly, some companies are downgrading their operations there, while others are looking with great interest in alternative markets. Juster said, "US is probably as open a country as any in the world and we probably take more immigrants per year compared to any other country". He described the early exchanges between the two countries as being strained but marvelled at how far they had come.
"Now, India is celebrating its membership in two of the four multilateral export control regimes the Wassenaar Arrangement on dual-use items, which India just joined, and the Missile Technology Control Regime. And we are working closely with India and our global partners to secure India s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group", he said.
India, he said, could take advantage of this situation "to become an alternative hub for United States business in the Indo-Pacific region".
The US wants India to be a net provider of regional security, especially in the Indian Ocean region and its vicinity, Washington's new envoy to New Delhi said Thursday. One is Afghanistan, where we both have a strong interest in promoting peace, security and prosperity. Juster replied, saying that the Trump administration would not tolerate "safe havens for terrorists anywhere" or "cross-border terrorism". Shifting focus to the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to stop the financial aid to Pakistan, Kenneth Juster said, "That was really major impetus in suspending security assistance to Pakistan because we feel they have not done all that they could to try to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan that are contributing to the unrest in Afghanistan".