Bigly Important – Secretary Rex Tillerson Discusses U.S. India Relationship…

Those who are following the Trump Doctrine, strategic U.S. geopolitical alliances, and the bigger part of the big picture for how President Trump and the administration are positioning the U.S. economy toward lessening ties with China, will note the significance of this speech and the content therein.  The media will remain oblivious to it.

The Trump Doctrine surrounds modern international economic engagement only possible with a president who is not beholden to the multinational corporations and multinational banks who occupy lobbying offices on K-Street in Washington DC.  A key component of the approach is the ability to build relationships which can be leveraged for America-First interests with national economic partners aligned in common cause.

Under the Trump Doctrine, India is a strategic economic counter-weight to remove the leverage China has created for the past 20+ years.  Nothing that has happened within the strategic approach of President Trump happens accidentally.  Even the positioning of U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is a part of this dynamic lost on almost everyone except a few who understand the insight of a president who has thought through every angle for years prior to taking office.

Small, seemingly obscure, details are part of the big picture; nothing is without design.  Understanding this principle helps to assemble the framework for this speech by Secretary Rex Tillerson.  WATCH:

“China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the international, rules-based order even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations’ sovereignty.”

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you so much, John, and it is a real pleasure to be back in the building. And I was asking John if the building was meeting all the expectations that we had when this project was undertaken, and I see so many faces in the room that were a big part of bringing this to a reality. I think he told me there’s four simultaneous events going on today, and I said, “Perfect. That’s exactly what we had in mind.”

So I also want to thank many of you in the room for the 11 years, great years I had serving on the board of trustees here, and your mentorship of me. And I learned so much during the time I was here in those engagements. And I thank John for his friendship. He was a dear friend throughout that time. And it really has been important to my ability to do what I’ve been asked to do to serve the country. So again, it is a real pleasure to be here, and thankful for the opportunity to be back in this building.

So first, let me wish everyone a happy Diwali to all our friends in the United States, in India, around the world who are celebrating the Festival of Lights. Generally, fireworks accompany that. I don’t need any fireworks; I’m getting too many fireworks around me already. (Laughter.) So we’ll forgo the fireworks.

My relationship with India dates back to about 1998, so almost 20 years now, when I began working on issues related to India’s energy security. And I’ve had many trips to the country, obviously, over those many years. And it was a real privilege to do business with the Indian counterparts then, and it’s been a great honor this year to work with the Indian leaders as Secretary of State. And I do look forward to returning to Delhi next week for the first time in my official capacity. This visit could not come at a more promising time for U.S.-Indian relations and the U.S.-India partnership.

As many of you know, this year marks the 70th anniversary of relations between our two countries. When President Truman welcomed then-Prime Minister Nehru on his visit to Washington, he said, and I quote, “Destiny willed that our country should have been discovered in the search for a new route to yours.” I hope your visit, too, will be in a sense of discovery of the United States of America.

The Pacific and the Indian Oceans have linked our nations for centuries. Francis Scott Key wrote what would become our national anthem while sitting aboard the HMS Minden, a ship that was built in India.

As we look to the next 100 years, it is vital that the Indo-Pacific, a region so central to our shared history, continue to be free and open, and that’s really the theme of my remarks to you this morning.

President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are committed, more than any other leaders before them, to building an ambitious partnership that benefits not only our two great democracies, but other sovereign nations working toward greater peace and stability.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit in June highlighted the many areas of cooperation that are already underway in this new area of our strategic relationship.

Our defense ties are growing. We are coordinating our counterterrorism efforts more than ever before. And earlier this month, a shipment of American crude oil arrived in India, a tangible illustration of our expanding energy cooperation. The Trump administration is determined to dramatically deepen ways for the United States and India to further this partnership.

For us today, it’s plain to see why this matters. India represents the world’s largest democracy. The driving force of our close relationship rests in the ties between our peoples – our citizens, business leaders, and our scientists.

Nearly 1.2 million American visitors traveled to India last year. More than 166,000 Indian students are studying in the United States. And nearly 4 million Indian Americans call the United States home, contributing to their communities as doctors, engineers, and innovators, and proudly serving their country in uniform.

As our economies grow closer, we find more opportunities for prosperity for our people. More than 600 American companies operate in India. U.S. foreign direct investment has jumped by 500 percent in the past two years alone. And last year, our bilateral trade hit a record of roughly $115 billion, a number we plan to increase.

Together, we have built a sturdy foundation of economic cooperation as we look for more avenues of expansion. The announcement of the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit ever to be hosted in South Asia, to take place in Hyderabad next month, is a clear example of how President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are promoting innovation, expanding job opportunities, and finding new ways to strengthen both of our economies.

When our militaries conduct joint exercises, we send a powerful message as to our commitment to protecting the global commons and defending our people. This year’s Malabar exercise was our most complex to date. The largest vessels from American, Indian, and Japanese navies demonstrated their power together in the Indian Ocean for the first time, setting a clear example of the combined strength of the three Indo-Pacific democracies. We hope to add others in coming years.

In keeping with India’s status as a Major Defense Partner – a status overwhelmingly endorsed last year by the U.S. Congress – and our mutual interest in expanding maritime cooperation, the Trump administration has offered a menu of defense options for India’s consideration, including the Guardian UAV. We value the role India can play in global security and stability and are prepared to ensure they have even greater capabilities.

And over the past decade, our counterterrorism cooperation has expanded significantly. Thousands of Indian security personnel have trained with American counterparts to enhance their capacity. The United States and India are cross-screening known and suspected terrorists, and later this year we will convene a new dialogue on terrorist designations.

In July, I signed the designation of Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organization because the United States and India stand shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. States that use terror as an instrument of policy will only see their international reputation and standing diminish. It is the obligation, not the choice, of every civilized nation to combat the scourge of terrorism. The United States and India are leading this effort in that region.

But another more profound transformation that’s taking place, one that will have far-reaching implications for the next 100 years: The United States and India are increasingly global partners with growing strategic convergence.

Indians and Americans don’t just share an affinity for democracy. We share a vision of the future.

The emerging Delhi-Washington strategic partnership stands upon a shared commitment upholding the rule of law, freedom of navigation, universal values, and free trade. Our nations are two bookends of stability – on either side of the globe – standing for greater security and prosperity for our citizens and people around the world.

The challenges and dangers we face are substantial. The scourge of terrorism and the disorder sown by cyber attacks threaten peace everywhere. North Korea’s nuclear weapons tests and ballistic missiles pose a clear and imminent threat to the security of the United States, our Asian allies, and all other nations.

And the very international order that has benefited India’s rise – and that of many others – is increasingly under strain.

China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the international, rules-based order even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations’ sovereignty.

China’s provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the international law and norms that the United States and India both stand for.

The United States seeks constructive relations with China, but we will not shrink from China’s challenges to the rules-based order and where China subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries and disadvantages the U.S. and our friends.

In this period of uncertainty and somewhat angst, India needs a reliable partner on the world stage. I want to make clear: with our shared values and vision for global stability, peace, and prosperity, the United States is that partner.

And with India’s youth, its optimism, its powerful democratic example, and its increasing stature on the world stage, it makes perfect sense that the United States – at this time – should seek to build on the strong foundation of our years of cooperation with India. It is indeed time to double down on a democratic partner that is still rising – and rising responsibly – for the next 100 years.

But above all, the world – and the Indo-Pacific in particular – needs the United States and India to have a strong partnership.

India and the United States must, as the Indian saying goes, “do the needful.” (Laughter.)

Our two countries can be the voice the world needs to be, standing firm in defense of a rules-based order to promote sovereign countries’ unhindered access to the planet’s shared spaces, be they on land, at sea, or in cyberspace.

In particular, India and the United States must foster greater prosperity and security with the aim of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The Indo-Pacific – including the entire Indian Ocean, the Western Pacific, and the nations that surround them – will be the most consequential part of the globe in the 21st century.

Home to more than three billion people, this region is the focal point of the world’s energy and trade routes. Forty percent of the world’s oil supply crisscrosses the Indian Ocean every day – through critical points of transit like the Straits of Malacca and Hormuz. And with emerging economies in Africa and the fastest growing economy and middle class in India, whole economies are changing to account for this global shift in market share. Asia’s share of global GDP is expected to surpass 50 percent by the middle of this century.

We need to collaborate with India to ensure that the Indo-Pacific is increasingly a place of peace, stability, and growing prosperity – so that it does not become a region of disorder, conflict, and predatory economics.

The world’s center of gravity is shifting to the heart of the Indo-Pacific. The U.S. and India – with our shared goals of peace, security, freedom of navigation, and a free and open architecture – must serve as the eastern and western beacons of the Indo-Pacific. As the port and starboard lights between which the region can reach its greatest and best potential.

First, we must grow with an eye to greater prosperity for our peoples and those throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

By the year 2050, India may boast the second largest economy in the world. India’s population – with a median age of 25 – is expected to surpass that of China’s within the next decade. Getting our economic partnership right is critical.

Economic growth flows from innovative ideas. Fortunately, there are no two countries that encourage innovation better than the United States and India. The exchange of technologies and ideas between Bangalore and Silicon Valley is changing the world.

Prosperity in the 21st century and beyond will depend on nimble problem solving that harnesses the power of markets and emerging innovations in the Indo-Pacific. This is where the United States and India have a tremendous competitive advantage.

Our open societies generate high-quality ideas at the speed of free thought. Helping regional partners establish similar systems will deliver solutions to 21st century problems.

For that to happen, greater regional connectivity is essential.

From Silk Routes to Grand Trunk Roads, South Asia was for millennia a region bound together by the exchange of goods, people, and ideas.

But today it is one of the least economically integrated regions in the world; intra-regional trade has languished – sitting at around 4 or 5 percent of total trade.

Compare that with ASEAN, where intra-regional trade stands at 25% of total trade.

The World Bank estimates that with barriers removed and streamlined customs procedures, intra-regional trade in South Asia would nearly quadruple from the current $28 billion to over $100 billion.

One of the goals of greater connectivity is providing nations in the Indo-Pacific the right options when it comes to sustainable development.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is one model of how we can achieve it. The program is committed to data, accountability, and evidence-based decision-making to foster the right circumstances for private investment.

Last month, the United States and Nepal signed a $500 million compact agreement – the first with a South Asian nation – to invest in infrastructure to meet growing electricity and transportation needs in Nepal, and to promote more trade linkages with partners in the region, like India.

The United States and India must look for more opportunities to grow this connectivity and our own economic links, even as we look for more ways to facilitate greater development and growth for others in the region.

But for prosperity to take hold in the Indo-Pacific, security and stability are required. We must evolve as partners in this realm too.

For India, this evolution will entail fully embracing its potential as a leading player in the international security arena. First and foremost, this means building security capacity.

My good friend and colleague Secretary Mattis was in Delhi just last month to discuss this. We both eagerly look forward to the inaugural 2+2 dialogue, championed by President Trump and Prime Minister Modi, soon.

The fact that the Indian Navy was the first overseas user of the P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft, which it effectively fields with U.S. Navy counterparts, speaks volumes of our shared maritime interests and our need to enhance interoperability.

The proposals the United States has put forward, including for Guardian UAVs, aircraft carrier technologies, the Future Vertical Lift program, and F-18 and F-16 fighter aircraft, are all potential game changers for our commercial and defense cooperation.

The United States military’s record for speed, technology, and transparency speaks for itself – as does our commitment to India’s sovereignty and security. Security issues that concern India are concerns of the United States.

Secretary Mattis has said the world’s two greatest democracies should have the two greatest militaries. I couldn’t agree more.

When we work together to address shared security concerns, we don’t just protect ourselves, we protect others.

Earlier this year, instructors from the U.S. and Indian Armies came together to build a UN peacekeeping capacity among African partners, a program that we hope to continue expanding. This is a great example of the U.S. and India building security capacity and promoting peace in third countries – and serving together as anchors of peace in a very tumultuous world.

And as we implement President Trump’s new South Asia strategy, we will turn to our partners to ensure greater stability in Afghanistan and throughout the region. India is a partner for peace in Afghanistan and we welcome their assistance efforts.

Pakistan, too, is an important U.S. partner in South Asia. Our relationships in the region stand on their own merits. We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups based within their own borders that threaten their own people and the broader region. In doing so, Pakistan furthers stability and peace for itself and its neighbors, and improves its own international standing.

Even as the United States and India grow our own economic and defense cooperation, we must have an eye to including other nations which share our goals. India and the United States should be in the business of equipping other countries to defend their sovereignty, build greater connectivity, and have a louder voice in a regional architecture that promotes their interests and develops their economies. This is a natural complement to India’s “Act East” policy.

We ought to welcome those who want to strengthen the rule of law and further prosperity and security in the region.

In particular, our starting point should continue to be greater engagement and cooperation with Indo-Pacific democracies.

We are already capturing the benefits of our important trilateral engagement between the U.S., India, and Japan. As we look ahead, there is room to invite others, including Australia, to build on the shared objectives and initiatives.

India can also serve as a clear example of a diverse, dynamic, and pluralistic country to others – a flourishing democracy in the age of global terrorism. The sub-continent is the birthplace of four of the world’s major religions, and India’s diverse population includes more than 170 million Muslims – the third-largest Muslim population in the world. Yet we do not encounter significant number of Indian Muslims among foreign fighters in the ranks of ISIS or other terrorist groups, which speaks to the strength of Indian society. The journey of a democracy is never easy, but the power of India’s democratic example is one that I know will continue to strengthen and inspire others around the world.

In other areas, we are long overdue for greater cooperation. The more we expand cooperation on issues like maritime domain awareness, cybersecurity, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, the more the nations in the Indo-Pacific will benefit.

We also must recognize that many Indo-Pacific nations have limited alternatives when it comes to infrastructure investment programs and financing schemes, which often fail to promote jobs or prosperity for the people they claim to help. It’s time to expand transparent, high-standard regional lending mechanisms – tools that will actually help nations instead of saddle them with mounting debt.

India and the United States must lead the way in growing these multilateral efforts.

We must do a better job leveraging our collective expertise to meet common challenges, while seeking even more avenues of cooperation to tackle those that are to come. There is a need and we must meet the demand.

The increasing convergence of U.S. and Indian interests and values offers the Indo-Pacific the best opportunity to defend the rules-based global system that has benefited so much of humanity over the past several decades.

But it also comes with a responsibility – for both of our countries to “do the needful” in support of our united vision of a free, open, and thriving Indo-Pacific.

The United States welcomes the growing power and influence of the Indian people in this region and throughout the world. We are eager to grow our relationship even as India grows as a world leader and power.

The strength of the Indo-Pacific has always been the interaction among many peoples, governments, economies, and cultures. The United States is committed to working with any nation in South Asia or the broader region that shares our vision of an Indo-Pacific where sovereignty is upheld and a rules-based system is respected.

It is time we act on our vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, supported and protected by two strong pillars of democracy – the United States and India. Thank you for your kind attention.

(Applause.)

MR HAMRE: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. We’re going to move this down so people over here can see. We’ve got a blocking vector.

Thank you for really a very interesting speech. One particular phrase really caught my attention. I’d like to just drill in a little bit on it, and I had the luxury of seeing it last night, so this is why I wrote it down. (Laughter.) “We need to collaborate with India to ensure the Indo-Pacific is increasingly a pace – a place of peace, stability, and growing prosperity so that it does not become a region of disorder, conflict, and predatory economics.” Very interesting expression. Would you – what do you see as being the example of predatory economics that we should be alert to ourselves between us?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I think everyone is aware of the huge needs in the Indo-Pacific region among a number of emerging economies, a number of fledgling democracies for infrastructure investment, and it is important that those emerging democracies and economies have alternative means of developing both the infrastructure they need but also developing the economies. We have watched the activities and actions of others in the region, in particular China, and the financing mechanisms it brings to many of these countries which result in saddling them with enormous levels of debt. They don’t often create the jobs, which infrastructure projects should be tremendous job creators in these economies, but too often, foreign workers are brought in to execute these infrastructure projects. Financing is structured in a way that makes it very difficult for them to obtain future financing, and oftentimes has very subtle triggers in the financing that results in financing default and the conversion of debt to equity.

So this is not a structure that supports the future growth of these countries. We think it’s important that we begin to develop some means of countering that with alternative financing measures, financing structures. And during the East Asia Summit – Ministerial Summit in August, we began a quiet conversation with others about what they were experiencing, what they need, and we’re starting a quiet conversation in a multilateral way with: How can we create alternative financing mechanisms? We will not be able to compete with the kind of terms that China offers, and – but countries have to decide: What are they willing to pay to secure their sovereignty and their future control of their economies? And we’ve had those discussions with them, as well.

MR HAMRE: Secretary, just – that’s – that really helps open up a new understanding, that we all have to develop. And if I could just ask, this seems to be an asymmetry because you ran a big corporation. For you to raise capital for a major project, you’d have to go to public markets, the discipline of a public market, and yet you were competing against state-owned enterprises that could turn to a central bank and get a no-interest loan or maybe just a grant. I mean, this is a profound asymmetry that we have to deal with. It may go beyond just new financing instruments. How are you thinking about it?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I think, in many respects, it is the case that has to be made to these countries that need the infrastructure financing that they really have to think about the long-term future of how do they want their country and their economies to develop. And in many respects, those were similar to the kinds of discussions and arguments that we would make back in my private sector days, that here are all the other benefits you receive when you allow investment dollars to flow to you in this way: You retain your sovereign control, you retain complete control over the laws and the execution within your country. And that should have significant value to them as they’re thinking about the future. And so it is – while it is on a direct competitive basis, it’s hard to compete with someone who’s offering something on financial terms that are worth a few points on the lending side, but we have to help them put that in perspective of the longer-term ability to control their country, control the future of their country, control the development of their economy in a rules-based system. And that’s really what we’re promoting is you retain your sovereignty, you retain your commitment to a rules-based order, we will come with other options for you.

MR HAMRE: Great. Thank you. And I apologize. Ambassador Singh is here. He is running a very dynamic embassy. I want to make sure that you knew he was here, and I’m going to ask a question he would ask, but he’s not going to get to – (laughter) – and that is: I was in India in August and great enthusiasm in India about a growing relationship, but real frustration with the way in which we restrict India getting access to technology and this sort of thing. What – what would – this is the ambassador’s question: So how are you going to fix that?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, just so you know, he’s not shy. He’s asked the question. (Laughter.) So I mean, we’ve had discussion about it, and I touched on it briefly in the prepared remarks in designating India as a major defense partner and Congress’s affirmation of that.

I think as everyone appreciates, the U.S. has the finest fighting military force on the planet, first because of the quality of the men and women in uniform – all-volunteer force, but they’re also equipped with the greatest technologies and weapons systems that are unmatched by anyone else in the world. So that’s an enormous advantage to our military strength, so we don’t provide that lightly, and that’s why we have such rigorous review mechanisms when we get into technology transfer.

But having said that, our most important allies and partners have access to that, and India has been elevated to that level. And that’s why I touched on a couple of systems that are not offered to everyone. The Guardian UAV system is an extremely technological piece of kit that we now are making available, and we’re in discussions with India about other high-level weapons systems. And as I said, it’s all to improve their capabilities to play this important security role that we know that they want to play in the region. So we’re continuing to work through those systems in a very deliberate way while protecting America’s competitive advantage in this area.

MR HAMRE: I don’t know how close you all listen, but the Secretary had a remarkable invitation, which is for the U.S. and India to jointly take a larger leadership role together in Southeast Asia. It was quite an important statement. You also indicated that there would have to be an evolving architecture of coordination. You hinted that it could revolve around expanding the U.S.-Japan-India trilateral. You indicated maybe Australia. Does – is that going to be the architecture of America’s engagement in this new strategy?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I think as you heard me say and if you think about the map – the Indo-Pacific all the way to the Western Coast of the United States, and that’s the part of the map we’re dealing with – India, this very significant and important democracy, pins one side of that map; Japan, another very important and strong democracy that we have very strong security relationships with, pinning this side of the map. But there’s an important part of the South Pacific that also we think needs an important pinpoint as well. Australia, another very strong and important strategic partner, ally to the U.S., has fought in every war and has fought alongside us. In every battle we’ve ever fought, the Australians have been there with us.

So we think there are some useful conversations to have in the current trilateral relationship, which is very strong and effective – the India-Japan-U.S. relationship. So we’re going to continue to explore how do we strengthen that architecture that really is – it is about this Indo-Pacific free and open policy that we have, and how do we pin that in the proper places with our strongest, most important allies, and how do we strengthen those in this multi-party arrangement. India-Australia relations, how can they be strengthened? It has to be in everyone’s interest, obviously. India has to see it in their interest. Japan has to see it in their interest.

But it is going to be an evolving process as to how we create the security architecture which keeps this free and open Indo-Pacific region, creates the opportunity for nations to protect their own sovereignty, to have the opportunity to conduct their economic affairs without being threatened by others. And that’s really what the architecture’s design is intended to do.

MR HAMRE: I’m going to turn back to you as an energy guy. And last week – last month, I should say, we had the Indian minister responsible for renewable energy was here, and this is a big push for India. Now, you’re not the Secretary of Energy, but you know a lot about it. How do you think we could expand cooperation on energy issues with India?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, there – I know there are any number of active programs within India. India has huge energy needs, not just from the direct supply of energy but also the infrastructure to distribute that energy and get it into – so that all Indians have access to that, both for their personal quality of life but also to support economic growth and expansion. And I know CSIS has some particular programs that are exploring that as well, and those are all, I think, important avenues and mechanisms.

The U.S. has a very important energy posture in terms of the technology that’s been developed here across the entire slate of energy choices from conventional to renewables and other forms of energy, and I think that’s the value of the relationship is within the U.S. business community and our entrepreneurs and our innovators, we have a large slate of opportunities we can offer in partnering with India to meet those needs, and we want to – we’re encouraging that. Again, we think the work that CSIS is doing is valuable in that regard as well to create those relationships to provide that. It’s another area of opportunity for U.S. businesses.

MR HAMRE: As our Indian friends complain rightly about the restrictiveness of technology, American companies complain about how hard it is to do business in India. How is that conversation going to enter into your discussions?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: It has its ups and downs. And in the 20 years I’ve dealt with India, I encountered these same frustrations. I think India has undertaken a number of important reforms, and we want to acknowledge that. I think it’s important that those efforts and that momentum be sustained. It’s easy to take a few actions, you get a few reforms in place, and then say okay, we’re done, let’s sit back. You’re never done. You’re never done. And that’s my message to India: You’re never done. Because the world around you is not sitting stagnant, and you have to continue to put in place the necessary conditions that is attractive, first, to Indian business, just your own internal business entities, but also then make it attractive for foreign investors to come to India and grow that economy.

I think an – one of my interesting early experiences with India was in the ‘90s India undertook very, very little foreign direct investment. It was a very closed system. They didn’t encourage companies to go out and invest overseas. And one of my first interactions was to facilitate the purchase of ONGC Videsh Limited, which is a very important Indian national oil company, acquiring 20 percent Sakhalin-1 project in Russia. And I put those parties together for a lot of reasons that served the interest of the people I represented at that time. But it was an interesting discussion. I had a lot of conversation with the Indians in that process because they were not used to investing overseas. That resulted in me going to a business conference in Goa.

A couple of years later they asked me to come over to meet with Indian businessmen that were being encouraged to invest overseas. Again, it was kind of a new thing for them. And I remember the last – we had a panel discussion, a lot of great questions. The last question I got, one of the Indian businessmen said, “If there’s one thing that we should always make sure we keep in our mind in investing overseas, what is it?” And I said to him, “It’s very simple. Choose your partners wisely.” Because in any venture you are going to have partners, and who you choose is going to determine your success.

I’ve carried that same most-important element in any relationship. I’ve always viewed that. And that’s the way we view the Indian-U.S. relationship now: Choose your partner wisely. We think we have wisely chosen a partner in India for the strategic relationship, but I think that process I have watched over the 20 years of India investing abroad helps India understand the conditions necessary to be successful back home, because when you have to encounter it as a foreign direct investor, suddenly you understand what’s important to success. You take that back home, and that helps you with your reforms back home.

We encourage India to continue the pathway towards reforms. There’s much more that needs to be done to really enhance the full economic value of what India has to offer.

QUESTION: I have about four or five questions that are all kind of clustered around the same issue, and that’s about the complex power geometry in this region. We’ve – India historically had close ties with Russia. China had close ties with Pakistan. We had – we tried to keep ties with both India and Pakistan. It’s a lot more complicated environment now. Could you just give your thoughts about India in this power geometry?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, our – my view, and I think it is the collective view within the U.S. Government as well, is as China has risen over the last 20-plus years now to take its rightful place as an economic power in the world, moving hundreds of millions of their people out of poverty into middle-class status, India too has been rising. And I commented on this again in the remarks. As we watch how these two very large nations are taking their place – rightful place in the global economy, they’ve gone about it in different ways, and I touched on that. And I think that’s why the U.S. now sees this as an important point in thinking about the next century of our relationships.

We’re going to have important relationships with China. We’ll never have the same relationship with China, a non-democratic society, that we can have with a major democracy.

And so I think what has evolved, and I would have to let the Indians – Indian Government speak for themselves, but I think as India has gone through this process of rise, it too has taken account of the circumstances around it and its own history of relationships, and how have those relationships served their advancement and how have they not served their advancement. And I think as a – as the world’s largest – one of the world’s largest democracies, the world’s largest democracy, it has said, I want to be a partner with another democracy; I don’t want to partner with these other countries that do not operate with the same values.

I think at the end of it, this relationship is built on shared values. That’s what has brought us together. Two very large important democracies want to share the same future and we have a shared vision for the future.

And I think that’s what’s changed over the last couple of – three decades. There’s been a real accounting, as I have observed it – a real accounting has been taken by the Indian Government of its past experiences and it’s decided, this is where we want to go.

MR HAMRE: Secretary, it’s – I know it’s not precisely the reason for your trip, but I think we have several questions. I’d have to ask you about Myanmar. You know there’s been an incredible humanitarian crisis with the Rohingya. Could you just share us your perspective on this?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, we’re extraordinarily concerned by what’s happening with the Rohingya in Burma. I’ve been in contact with Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the civilian side of the government. As you know, this is a power-sharing government that has emerged in Burma. We really hold the military leadership accountable for what’s happening with the Rohingya area.

What’s most important to us is that the world can’t just stand idly by and be witness to the atrocities that are being reported in the area. What we’ve encouraged the military to do is, first, we understand you have serious rebel/terrorist elements within that part of your country as well that you have to deal with, but you must be disciplined about how you deal with those, and you must be restrained in how you deal with those. And you must allow access in this region again so that we can get a full accounting of the circumstances. I think any of us that read this recent story in The New York Times, it just had to tear your heart out. It just had to break your heart to read this.

So we have been asking for access to the region. We’ve been able to get a couple of our people from our embassy into the region so we can begin to get our own firsthand account of what is occurring. We’re encouraging access for the aid agencies – the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, UN agencies to – so we can at least address some of the most pressing humanitarian needs, but more importantly, so we can get a full understanding of what is going on. Someone – if these reports are true, someone is going to be held to account for that.

And it’s up to the military leadership of Burma to decide what direction do they want to play in the future of Burma because we see Burma as an important emerging democracy. But this is a real test. It’s a real test of this power-sharing government as to how they’re going to deal with this very serious issue.

So we are deeply engaged. We’re engaged with others and we’re going to be engaged at the UN, ultimately, with the direction this takes.

MR HAMRE: Again, several questions: We’re dealing with Afghanistan and Afghanistan has complex geography, complex geopolitics, I should say, as well. The Indians have had a strong interest in what happens in Afghanistan, as does Pakistan, part of the backdrop here. Afghanistan – what are you going to be doing there?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, you heard the President’s announced his new policy towards – and it’s the South Asia strategy. Afghanistan is what people tend to focus on. But one of the differences in how we approach the challenge there, and it’s why it took a little longer for us to fully develop the policy, is we do see it as a regional issue. It’s not solely an Afghanistan issue.

And you solve Afghanistan by addressing the regional challenges. And Pakistan is an important element of that. India is an important element of how we achieve the ultimate objective, which is a stable Afghanistan which no longer serves as a platform for terrorist organizations. Our policy, quite simply, on terrorism is that we will deny terrorists the opportunity, the means, the location, the wherewithal, the financing, the ability to organize and carry out attacks against Americans at home and abroad, anywhere in the world. Well, clearly the threat to that policy finds its locus in many ways in Afghanistan. And so, to the extent we can remove that as an opportunity for terrorism in Afghanistan, the greatest beneficiaries are going to be Pakistan and Afghanistan. And India’s important role is in providing development assistance to Afghanistan as they move forward to create better economic conditions that provide for the needs of a very diverse ethnic group of people in Afghanistan. So it is about a commitment, a message to the Taliban and other elements that we’re not going anywhere. And so we’ll be here as long as it takes for you to change your mind and decide you want to engage with the Afghan Government in a reconciliation process and develop a form of government that does suit the needs of the culture of Afghanistan.

And to the Afghan Government, they have to be committed to being open to addressing the full needs of the very ethnically diverse culture that exists in the country and its own history as well. And we think that is achievable and we can have a stable, peaceful Afghanistan. And when that happens, a big threat is removed from Pakistan’s future stability as well, which then creates a better condition for India-Pakistan relationships. So we see it as not just one issue, but a means of stabilizing the entire region. And we intend to work closely with India and with Pakistan to, we hope, ease tensions along their border as well.

Pakistan has two very troubled borders – two very troubled borders. And we’d like to help them take the tension down on both of those and secure a future stable Pakistan Government which we think improves relations in the region as well.

MR HAMRE: Secretary, I’m – I know I’m running close up to the deadline I was given by your horse holders, but let me ask – several questions were dealing with development, and I guess the question I’d like to pose to you is: We’ve got a very capable new administrator for USAID. I know you personally have been quite involved in aid and development-related issues through the years. What do you see as the relationship between the State Department and USAID going forward? How are you thinking about it?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, we – I think it’s no different than has traditionally been the roles of the two organizations. State Department develops foreign policy, it develops the strategies and the tactics, and an important element of our execution of foreign policy is development aid and assistance, whether it be in direct humanitarian assistance, food programs to address dire needs, disaster response, or whether it’s in developing democratic capacity and institutional capacity. So USAID is an important enablement tool of the foreign policy. They don’t make policy, but they are critical to our execution of foreign policy. And that’s really where we want that expertise to reside, and I view them as in many – using lingo of my prior life, they are a center of expertise when it comes to aid and development programs. Nobody does it better than they do; not just directly, but they have tremendous organizational and convening capacity to work through other multilateral organizations. Whether it’s UN organizations, NGOs, direct in-country capability, they are really the experts in the world for doing that. They have the relationships, they have the contacts, they have the process, they have the procedures and they’re vital to our execution of foreign policy. And therefore, they become integral to how we develop foreign policy, how we test its viability, and then how we lay out the plans, the strategy and the tactics for executing against that policy.

So that’s – that’s the relationship and one of the things we want to be sure is that everyone understands their roles and everyone understands what’s not their role. On the State Department side, our expertise is the analysis, the assessment, the development of foreign policy, the carrying of the diplomatic integration of all of that. USAID, though, they are really the experts and that we’re – the State Department doesn’t have that expertise. It really resides over there.

MR HAMRE: One last – I got a sign that said, “Last question.” Let me ask this last question and – in recent years, most secretaries of state have been policy people, they’ve spent their life in the policy world. But frankly, through the history of the department, we’ve had a great number of businesspeople that have been in. What is the – how do you think about the way that you can work with the private sector in advancing American diplomacy and American values around the world?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I think one of the things that’s important for us is to make sure that we are – we have great clarity around what our policies are, what our strategies, what our tactics are so that investors, the business community, can at least make their assessment as they’re trying to make decisions about their own business conduct, private enterprise, whether it’s investment, foreign direct investment that they want to make, or whether it’s partnerships they’re creating for investment here in the U.S. It goes back to my earlier comment: Choose your partners wisely.

One of the things I think is important for us in the State Department to do is to be able to ensure we can provide clarity to the business community and to investors as to what the relationship is with a particular country, how we view the risk, the stability of that country. Those were things that were important to me in making decisions when I was in the private sector. It is a risk management decision. So how can we help everyone understand what the risks are in this country, but also what the vectors are? Do we think the vectors going in the right direction, or we have concerns that things could go in the wrong direction, and then the business leaders can make their own decisions about what they choose to do.

MR HAMRE: I think you all can see why I was so lucky for 11 years to have Secretary Tillerson on my board. He’s a wise and thoughtful man. Would you please thank him with your applause?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you.

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153 Responses to Bigly Important – Secretary Rex Tillerson Discusses U.S. India Relationship…

  1. MK Wood says:

    This stuff is light years beyond the comprehension of 99.9% of all MSM/avg Ds out there. I was enraptured with this.

    Liked by 35 people

    • WhistlingPast says:

      Great interview.
      Notice how there are no special pleadings, resentments or freak show appeals to this Secretary?
      What a relief HerLiary got Trumped.

      Liked by 12 people

    • JimmyJack says:

      Sadly that is true. We have really declined intellectually as a nation.

      Liked by 2 people

      • trialbytruth says:

        True but Trex represents the cream of Intellectual thought on mutual international self interest. The model is simple find out what they want and need and trade it for what you want and need, be fair and they will trade again. (I learned this long ago with both marbles and baseball cards.)

        He never speaks down to his audience, but elevates his audience. ( I feel intellectually elevated after listening)

        I hope he is enjoying his job because I would like him there for 8 years. I always feel that things are in control and going as planed when he lays out this administrations vision. That is an important feeling when dealing with a dangerous world. You know when his phone call comes in at 4 am he will answer and he will take charge.

        Anybody know who writes his speeches? There is a part of me who thinks he writes his own. Both his formal speech and his off cuff remarks seem to be the same voice.

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    • I think that the US reaching out to India is a LOT better than India getting overly entangled with China. Especially where infrastructure is concerned!

      Awhile back there was something on China building stuff in Africa. They brought in all of their own crews and everything so that none of the employment even went to the people that lived there. BAH HUMBUG!

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      • Maquis says:

        They even grow and cook their own food there!
        Nothing goes to the locals.
        Except where they have Africans clawing barehanded through old toxic mine tailings, looking for scraps of Coltan and the like.

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    • Loved Tillerson’s advice: choose your partners wisely.

      That can go for just about anything in life…marriage, dinner dates, jobs, etc.

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    • Tegan says:

      So many interesting tidbit within this excellent piece. reading that the average age in India is 25 compelled me to find out what it is in the USA…it’s 37.
      The other fascinating tidbit was how Nikki Haley came into the overall picture… it necessarily planned but seizing the fortuitous opportunity.
      MK Wood…you are absolutely correct…way over the comprehension level of MSM.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      The sad part is that the signs are everywhere if you are willing to open your eyes!

      India has a population of 1.27 billion people. Our president and PM Modi have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. Ivanka will be visiting at the end of November for a summit. Guess what occurred for the first time ever……….

      https://energy.gov/articles/secretary-energy-rick-perry-announces-first-shipment-us-crude-oil-india

      From the article linked above:

      U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that on October 2, 2017, the first-ever shipment of U.S. crude oil arrived in India. Following Prime Minister Modi’s visit with President Trump, Indian companies ramped up purchases of U.S. crude.

      “I am proud of the collaborative work between the United States and India that will increase jobs, economic stability, and national security in both countries,” said Secretary Perry. “This event represents the growing and important strategic energy partnership between the U.S. and India, and I look forward to exploring new opportunities to expand the role of reliable, responsible, and efficient energy sources with our allies.”

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    • Benson II says:

      I agree it was truly interesting and enlightening. Even without the insider knowledge of the people involved and the day to day workings I feel I have a clear understanding of what needs to be accomplished and to some degree how that can be done.

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  2. big bad mike says:

    If you like your Indian Doctor, you can keep your Indian Doctor.

    Liked by 13 people

    • vicschick says:

      That’s great because my doctor is Indian and he saved my husband’s life. I’ll forever be grateful!

      Liked by 14 people

      • Chuck says:

        In 2002 my nephrologist (Indian) told me I had about 3 months to live. I went on dialysis under his care. 1 year later I had a kidney transplant ( big thanks to my brother Kelly) that was done by my Indian transplant surgeon. Both of these guys are awesome.

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    • allhail2 says:

      I could have sworn you were going with:
      If you like your 7-11, you can keep your 7-11.

      Liked by 4 people

      • scottmc37 says:

        Really its more like, “if you like your local hotel, you can stay in your local hotel”.
        Almost 50% of the hotel industry in the US is owned by people of Indian descent, and almost half of those have the last name Patel, who mostly come from a small part of India(North West) and they originally came from Iran, centuries early because of religious persecution.

        A hardworking entrepreneurial people, in many ways much like the Chinese. I have been to both countries and they have much to offer..

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      • Blacksmith8 says:

        According to Uncle Joe: that’s all they are good for.
        According to me try to find an oncologist in Texas that isn’t from India. I dare you.

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    • Paul Revere says:

      Big Bad FUNNY Mike!!

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    • Drunken Sailor says:

      My cardiologist is not only Indian, he has been a family friend and worked with my mother for over 30 years. Great man.

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  3. rikster says:

    History, it’s a lost art. This conference, along with many others will one day be compiled as segments dedicated to one of the greatest President ever. History will be restored, it must!

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  4. FofBW says:

    Imo, PT’s economic success and strategy is driving the ‘Deep State’ nuts and behind their coordinated multiple attacks on PT.

    Liked by 15 people

  5. wolfmoon1776 says:

    “China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the international, rules-based order even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations’ sovereignty.”

    Great quote!

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  6. James Crawford says:

    http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2017/10/throwbackthursday-gov-sarah-palins-keynote-at-india-conclave-the-shifting-balance-of-power.html

    I would remind everyone that it was almost exactly six years ago today that Governor Palin gave a fantastic speech at the India today conference outlining how India rather than China will be the United States’ key economic partner going into the future. The fact that Palin did not need a translator illustrates one factor that makes India a more natural ally. The national language of India is… ENGLISH.

    A perusal of the population pyramids of India and China (see IndexMundi) illustrates yet another advantage enjoyed by India. Both countries are no longer experiencing then dreaded population explosion. However; China’s working age population is beginning to implode just as the population of elderly is exploding. In contrast, India’s age structure is more balanced (less systematic infanticide) which will result in a more gradual demographic transition.

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  7. sundance says:

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  8. rsanchez1990 says:

    Are you saying that Nikki Haley was selected for her Indian heritage? Is she well-known or popular in India since becoming UN Ambassador?

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  9. A family friend in China for a Trade Convention shared articles from media in countries across the globe:

    ALL articles were amazed and congratulatory at President Trump’s stunning successes on trade, the economy, international relations and M🇺🇸A🇺🇸G🇺🇸A!

    He was incredulous at the contrast between America’s rabidly anti-American media and other countries’ pro-American judgment on our nation’s progress.

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  10. Betty says:

    In one of the first pictures I see our president and others gathered around a table, as I wondered what they were doing I noticed the colors on the tablecloth. As I scanned down I saw an image of President Trump and the First Lady waiting to greet Prime Minister Modi and noticed the dress the First Lady was wearing and remembering that I didn’t like it that well when I first saw it back then. But today I noticed that the colors on the tablecloth and Melania’s dress were similar. I wondered if those colors are significant to the people of India and was again impressed with Melania’s thoughtful attention to her clothing. Does anyone know for sure.

    I loved it when she got off that plane in Texas with her FLOTUS hat.

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    • JimmyJack says:

      Emilio Pucci is the designer of the dress, known for vibrant patterns and bright colors. He is an Italian, not an Indian designer. This is one of my favorite looks of hers so far. It was stunning. I could talk Melania fashions all day long.

      It is a bolder choice that she had worn until that point which is likely significant. Indian culture values vibrant colors and patterns.

      I have seen it suggested that the dress is the color of saffron, a popular spice in Indian cooking. It is a highly prized and very expensive spice since it is delicate and must be harvested by hand.

      Saffron was used to color textiles during the age of the spice trades and signified wealth. I think that is why she choose this dress – because the color is meaningful. It was used to dye the robes of monks (I know we think of China or East Asia when we think of monks but I think buddhism actually originates in India.)

      I couldn’t tell if there was a lotus flower in the floral design but if so that would be significant because it has great meaning in Buddhism, Hinduism and yoga. I do believe there were poppies and dahlias in the design which are both popular in India as well.

      Here’s a wikipedia page on saffron – it’s a decent start but doesn’t really show any great photos of the color of saffron.

      Forgive me if this was too long. I love to cook and when I travel I always buy local spices and bring that home as souvenirs so I can have my vacation extend to my boring weeknights. I went to design school when I was younger so I love all things fashion as well as history. And I take yoga, have for twenty years, so I have picked up a bit about Indian culture along the way.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron

      Indian politics – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2630853/Saffron-tsunami-engulfs-India-election-history-number-different-scores.html

      Daily Mail on her dress – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4641364/Melania-stuns-yellow-floral-print-crepe-2-160-gown.html

      lotus flowers – https://www.lotusflowermeaning.net

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  11. filia.aurea says:

    This is all well and good, except for the many American computer science college grads who work as baristas, because most entry-level jobs are taken up by people from third world countries like India. Evidently, neither the President nor Sec’y Tillerson shop at Sams Club or Costco in Durham, North Carolina (shopping grounds for high-tech company employees in RTP). Both places are crawling with extended Indian families, ranging from grandmother to one or two months old infants. I am sick and tired of having my homeland turned over to the third world’s masses in the name of geopolitical strategy. By all means come here and learn, but then go back to the hellholes you came from. India needs the expertise more than we do. Mr. President, time to fix immigration and the lunatic visa system. Don’t ever tell me there’s not an honest, hard-working American that can fill the shoes occupied by Indians.

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    • LBB says:

      If we are going to go to a merit based immigration system , I believe those from India would qualify before some other countries. My opinion based on personal experiences over the last few decades.

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      • Tom says:

        Some, but not nearly as many as you see today. The stories of crap Indian code are legendary, but to CEO/CFO types, the lure of $15/hour coders provides short term gains at the expense of long term business objectives.

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    • TimeIsNow says:

      Oh FUD, and PDJT can do everything, right now, or even yesterday. There is method to what he’s doing, and PDJT is doing the correct steps in the correct order for this Economic Warfare.

      And, guess what, I was an IT guy, so I know all about Indian H1Bs.

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    • Beenthere says:

      You are absolutely positively correct!!!

      Hubby was an expert C programmer & teacher from Bell Labs from the late 1970s to 1980s. Left the field when he saw 3rd world poorly chained Indian & Chinese programmers taking over American programming jobs for a fraction of the pay. This was back in the late 1980s.

      I have talked to many American programmers & engineers throughout the years. This country has more than the enough hardworking, qualified, native programmers & engineers to meet the employment demand. The problem is that companies are not willing to pay for them.

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    • SpanglishKC says:

      Not saying you are wrong because any one can see you are more correct in your comments. Having said that T-Rex’s speech (was only 20 mins or so people, rest was Q&A, so watch it for yourselves) I thought exceedingly optimistic and forward looking, as well as really BIG thinking…Trumpian if you will. We have so much more in common with India than Red China. I will add that on a personal level I have met many Indians and by far they are some of the nicest, warmest and likeable people. This was not a speech about immigration or HB1B visas or trade imbalances… This was so MUCH MORE. We must recognize this and be open to the benefits of building on our relationships in this part of the world and not be restrained by emotions resulting from the deleterious effects of bad policies that our own political and business leaders saddled us with. Put the blame for the ills you correctly point out where it belongs. Don’t let that close our minds to a future with enormous upside. This is the Trump version of TPP where we deal from a position of strength and mutual benefit for the people and not just big biz. #MAGA

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    • backwoodsgirl123 says:

      In the late 80’s early 90’s some politicians decided it would be grand if we gave those from India interest free loans to buy up our empty businesses.

      Hence, the many Indians that own gas station markets and Motels.

      And when I traveled up to Kansas from FL and back, we discovered that most of the cheaper rentals from motels and even some low end hotels were ALL owned by Indians.

      I got so disgusted by it, I was fuming one night as we checked in. And the fellow behind the counter was Indian. And when I told him why I was angry, he laughed, and then he explained, “America is so stupid! They gave us these loans, so one person from a family comes here and gets a loan to buy a business. He buys a motel. And then when the loan comes due, he brings in another family member and the loan is ASSUMED by the new family member and it goes on and on and on. The loan doesn’t get paid off, each new family member that comes in becomes part of the company.”

      One thing is for sure…they aren’t Stupid like the Mexican Illegals!

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      • Homesteader says:

        This is ABSOLUTELY TRUE, backwoodsgirl! My own experience when working in Maryland was similar. Except they told me that they pay ZERO income tax for four years, then just before the four years is up they “sell” the business to a relative for a buck then get another four years NO INCOME TAX! And on and on and on. Come to think of it I might just report this crap to the White House, though they are probably already aware of it.

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      • elize says:

        Ok don’t throw anything at me….

        I can’t address the loan aspect but…

        Per the IRS:
        https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p535.pdf

        “Presumption of profit. An activity is presumed
        carried on for profit if it produced a profit
        in at least 3 of the last 5 tax years, including the
        current year. Activities that consist primarily of
        breeding, training, showing, or racing horses
        are presumed carried on for profit if they produced
        a profit in at least 2 of the last 7 tax
        years, including the current year. The activity
        must be substantially the same for each year
        within this period. You have a profit when the
        gross income from an activity exceeds the deductions.
        If a taxpayer dies before the end of the
        5year (or 7year) period, the “test” period ends on the date of the taxpayer’s death.
        If your business or investment activity passes this 3(or 2)
        years of profit test, the IRS will presume it is carried on for profit. This
        means the limits discussed here will not apply.
        You can take all your business deductions from
        the activity, even for the years that you have a
        loss. You can rely on this presumption unless
        the IRS later shows it to be invalid.”

        We accountants, esp Tax Accountants are very familiar with this.

        As I like to say…politicians write laws to benefit themselves and their friends.

        So you too as an American are able to utilize our current tax laws. Unfortunately, most aren’t aware of all of the laws and “loopholes.”

        They utilize the law to carry a loss then close or sell the business. The next business owner esp if a relative knows what to do and it carries on.

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        • elize says:

          Opps, I should’ve posted this under Homesteaders response.

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        • elize says:

          Now having said that and having listened to people complain about such things in the past I’d like to add some insight.

          Imho small business owners are an essential factor in the fabric that makes up America. In the decades of working in my field the majority of business owners were looking to grow, be successful and make money. I’d much rather immigrants be business owners than on welfare.

          It is a beneficial law for business owners because of the start up costs associated with starting a business. And there are limitations in place re so many years a business can show a loss.

          I’ve worked for the state gov, small businesses and for corporations they all utilize tax laws that benefit their situation. In the same way that homeowners make sure to itemize their taxes if home mortgage interest and other expenses exceed the standard deduction.

          I’ve never birthed a child so I don’t qualify, but parents are receiving EIC for their children.

          So I’d venture to say that a person can easily find a tax law that they don’t qualify for that others do and vise versa.

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        • backwoodsgirl123 says:

          I’m on Soc. Sec. and they keep telling me that I can earn so much money per year without it affecting my benefits….however, the stipulation should be that you can earn money as long as it isn’t self-employment because then it’s a whole other ball of wax.

          It doesn’t matter to them if I’m actually making a profit. The gross income is what is counted.

          It doesn’t matter to them, if there are continually, clusters of days where I hurt so bad I can’t even do the dishes. What matters is that eventually I can produce SOMETHING that can sell. That’s like being between a rock and a hard place. And it also doesn’t matter if it’s gainful employment.

          I hope and pray that whoever writes these stupid rules eventually has to live by them!

          There are a lot of people on disability that will work half a year and then stop. And they can get by with it because it’s for another entity and it’s written in the rules and they know how to game the system. And I think it is totally dishonest.

          On the other hand, if I want to do something self-employment wise, I’ve got to actually be an accountant with all of the paperwork they want. Projected Income Statements and funding sources and the whole shooting match!

          I’m trying to get my site up now and it’s funny. There are professionals that don’t even know how to calculate Cost of Goods for plants, according to the greenhouse and nursery business journals.

          Me? I’m just trying to find out if I can actually function long enough to keep them alive, LOL!

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          • elize says:

            bwgirl, thank you for your response. The problem I find with online social situations and forums is that it is easy to jump to conclusions. Although I’ve been a daily CTH reader for years I don’t post often for this very reason.

            I completely feel for you. As a disabled vet who will die before VA ever processes my claim I am thankful that SSDI exists and that I have a loving family that is close by. I’m not going to compare health records.

            To address some points you bring up:
            I can’t drive, I can’t cook, I can’t shower or leave the house without assistance. I don’t receive nor would I accept public assistance, just a personal stance. And my entire SSDI is consumed for medical expenses. My medical condition can’t be fixed, I’m just waiting to die. Therefore I am not familiar with current SSDI rules re working. I am sure that people do abuse it like they do other programs.

            I don’t know the details of what you’re trying to do to create income and I wouldn’t give accounting advice to strangers. As I did in my original post I will provide general information that is readily available.

            Twenty-five years ago when I wanted and needed to understand state and federal taxes I went to the IRS, gathered up the free publications, took them home and read them, thus I learned. Fortunately that information is now available online.

            A huge benefit to the small business owner is that you can file those expenses with your personal tax return. If a person feels like they need assistance in understanding the process then they could reach out to people in their church, community or utilize other non profit resources. Yes, I donated endless hours doing this for folks so it exists.

            Job cost accounting is a specialty field in the accounting field and yes you are right many have no clue how to do it.

            I thank God and feel blessed that my first job out of the military was working for a man that was starting up his own business so I learned by gathering information and helping him build his business, My second accounting job was as the assistant to the job cost accountant. So I learned hands on.

            I pray that you find the resources you need, have success and that you get some relief from your pain. God bless.

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            • backwoodsgirl123 says:

              Thank you!

              I already had back issues from years ago. I had two boards broken over my back.

              But, a little over a year ago, I fell and hurt my hip and my back started getting worse. My hip is improving.

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              • elize says:

                Thank God you are experiencing some improvement. 🙂

                I really encourage you to seek out a trust worthy accountant. Ask family and friends. You may be surprised how many of us are in similar medical situations, housebound or bedbound with a wealth of knowledge and would be more than willing to assist you with your project.

                I know it can seem overwhelming dealing with the paperwork and rules, please don’t let that deter you. 🙂

                God bless,

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    • Tegan says:

      My husband loved having Indians and Greeks as customers….they always paid cash and on the day of service.

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  12. TimeIsNow says:

    Finally, something positive I can relate with, PDJT and his main people’s Economic Maneuver Warfare. This is great stuff for the present. The future will show the crackdown on the “deep state” and top corrupt Globalists/Leftists. First we need to take away their money, and put a lot more good judges on the mid-level benches. This is going to be a long haul folks, and economics, and more constitutional judges will lead first before the crackdown on the insane cover ups and the to filth going down.

    Of course, NEXT YEAR, THE PRIMARIES, are also critical, and that’s our job.

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    • Coldeadhands says:

      Well constructed comment. Now, if people will please read and take it to heart.

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    • backwoodsgirl123 says:

      Yeah, and Bannon has stated that he’s at war with every GOP’er except TED CRUZ!

      Didn’t I tell you all that his plan was to back Ted Cruz next election???

      That man is NOT on our side and then he criticizes Trump!

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      • TimeIsNow says:

        Okay, do not trust Bannon. I don’t. Yet, if Bannon pushes Lying Ted in 2020, even subtly, he will lose all credibility. I seldom go out to BB.

        My guess is Bannon and Mercer are thinking about Cruz for 2024.

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    • TreeClimber says:

      I feel like people expect PT to get everything done now, from Deep State Swamp to the world to the culture wars, without ever stopping to think how challenging that is. I’m in admiration of how much he has gotten done, in so short a time. As he said in a speech not too long ago, he’s got a schedule, and he is in fact ahead of it! I say patience, he’ll get to all our concerns. He’s prioritizing right now.

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      • Tegan says:

        I agree, Tree climber…and isn’t it amazing! I wonder if he has this schedule written down anywhere or if it’s just in his mind. Or, if he has shared it with anyone. He may well be the most prepared President of anyone, in that regard….a game plan and trying to figure how how he can make it work with all the obstructions and barriers.

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  13. LBB says:

    T-Rex’s style makes it so much more inviting to listen to what he has to say. I always feel like his message reflects Trump Admin and their goals. Relief from the used car salesman pitch of old.

    Cute saying from Mr Hamre near the end.
    Secretary, I’m – I know I’m running close up to the deadline I was given by your horse holders, but let me ask – several questions …………

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  14. TreeClimber says:

    As ever after reading one of Secretary Tillerson’s speeches, I am left speechless with admiration and much to think over. And this is the man who “isn’t tough enough…” ! His elegance in putting adversaries neatly on the spot is rivaled only by PT’s humor in doing so!

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  15. Alison says:

    Fascinating. Simply fascinating to watch this administration put into action the strategic, yet practical, partnerships of our future. Thank you, SD, for providing transcripts.

    These insightful questions, and Secretary Tillerson’s responses are exceptional. I can only hope that he, Secretary Ross and others are grooming younger men & women to take their places in the decades ahead. I more fully appreciate President Trump’s purpose in placing Nikki Haley in her current position.

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  16. EV22 says:

    Finally! Someone focusing on China’s “predatory economics.” It’s gonna be a tough sell for the U.S. to get third world countries to turn away from China and return to the U.S. fold while China is offering them “free money” for their development, but if anyone can do it, T-Rex can.

    We’re watching the whole world being realigned in real time by PDJT. Incredible attention to detail and incredible chess moves. Never thought I’d live to see it. Just blows away the last 40-50 years of unsustainable and toxic international relations. And Kissinger thought he was the master of realpolitik. Ha!

    MAGA!!!!!! MAGA!!!!!! MAGA!!!!!! MAGA!!!!!!

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    • Derek Hagen says:

      After Trump’s first visit with him, Kissinger said, talking about Trump, that perhaps we would see something remarkable.

      And I’m reminded that after meeting Trump, President Reagan said that (as I remember it) he (Reagan) couldn’t shake the idea that it was he that was shaking hands with the president.

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    • Predatory Economics is China’s Trojan-Horse Tactic for their Captive-Countries Initiative.

      The Trump Administration is pre-emptively forcing countries to chose subjugating themselves to dwell in China’s Captive-Country Gulag or America’s Freedom Coalition founded on Bilateral Partnerships for Defense-Energy-Trade among democracies with shared values.

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    • rsanchez1990 says:

      T-Rex is giving them a compelling choice: thriving self-determination or subsistence under the Chinese thumb. Once people satisfy their survival needs they yearn for self-determination. T-Rex is telling them they can achieve their own goals as US partners, or serve the Chinese.

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      • Tegan says:

        Rsanchez…”once people satisfy their survival needs….” exactly, and that is why so many dictatorships make sure their subjects stay at survival status so they won’t start demanding more.

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    • xyzlatin says:

      China designates Africa as its outer edge of China. There are an increasing number of Chinese sent in to run things after China lends them money. It is Chinese policy. China thinks a hundred years ahead, as Pres Trump said the other day.

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    • backwoodsgirl123 says:

      I don’t think it’s going to be a tough sell!

      Satan always over plays his hand! And China has done that very well in Africa!

      China started investing in Africa, and they brought their own people and refused to hire the locals for building the project. Everything was sourced from China, the labor was from China….China’s about the only one that benefits!

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  17. About India, and the NEW Crude OIL Contract(s) of American Crude being Purchased here..
    Venezuela’s crude Oil is… How can I say, Salt-Laden & are constantly contaminated, for refiners in India… (and America…)
    Shipments are being turned back etc..
    state-run oil company PDVSA is bleeding cash, In debt.. etc..
    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/11/big-buyer-of-venezuelan-crude-oil-halts-purchases-from-national-oil-company.html
    (From April) though I glanced at a Article today, from Ruters..
    http://gcaptain.com/tag/pdvsa/

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    • backwoodsgirl123 says:

      Well, here’s the backstory on all of this.
      Seems like the National Security aspect of this is being dealt with.

      Starting at about 2:20 in the video…..

      Mnuchin GRILLED Senate Banking Committee Hearing on Donald Trump Tax Reform 5/18/17 TAX News

      I wrote a letter in March to you, concerning about the real possibility that the administration would be forced to deal with an offer from Russia’s state owned oil company.To aquire critical energy infrastucture in the United States.

      Last year (2016), Venezuela’s large state owned oil company pledged nearly 50% of Citgo (the U.S. subsidiary of the Venezuelan oil company Petróleos de Venezuela known as PDVSA) shares to Rosneft (leader in Russia’s petroleum industry) as collateral for it’s loan.

      So my question is, “Would it concern you Mr. Secretary, if Venezuela’s state owned oil company defaults on the debt and as a result, Russia’s state owned oil company, exercised a near majority ownership stake, if they haven’t purchased additional shares in the open market…they may have, the possibility of being a majority owner. With 48 US petroleum product terminals, three refineries in three different states, nine pipelines throughout the country…Wouldn’t that be something that concerned you?”

      Mnuchin responds…that they needed to have the discussion confidentially because it delt with National Security.

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  18. Sandra-VA says:

    I am extremely pleased that China’s forays into other countries, such as Africa, has been noted 😉 It is very clear that this Administration knows exactly what is going on and has the perfect counter to it by bolstering India and acknowledging their possibility to be a world player in that region.

    China has been up to no good… and President Trump & Rex Tillerson KNOW.

    Perhaps the class system in India and the human rights issues will be noted along the way such that they can be corrected.

    Being British, I have a certain affinity for India (and especially their food!), but their foray into the USA with their H1-B crew has not been pleasant. My career was decimated but I blame the US policies for that more than India. Oh, and I also am SICK of the indian call center scammers who call my phone constantly, although I must say that the FCC has done an admirable job of drastically reducing same in the past few months 😀

    All in all, I think Rex is doing an outstanding job! I love him ❤ I cannot wait to see the fruits of this new foreign policy direction. A very well co-ordinated administration, that is for sure!

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    • Here is the Article I wished to reference…
      Venezuela’s deteriorating oil quality riles major refiners..
      Venezuela’s state-run oil firm, PDVSA, is increasingly delivering poor quality crude oil to major refiners in the United States, India and China, causing repeated complaints, canceled orders and demands for discounts, according to internal PDVSA documents and interviews with a dozen oil executives, workers, traders and inspectors.
      Full story–> link–> https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-oil-insight/venezuelas-deteriorating-oil-quality-riles-major-refiners-idUSKBN1CN2EO

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    • China has been on an international tear to plunder Africa’s mineral wealth (tin-horn dictators come FAR cheaper than mineral rights) and infiltrate South and Latin America to convert them to Captive Countries.

      President Trump and the Trump Team might just be able to save them from Sovereignty Slavery.

      On the other hand, our Uniparty Congress might just be able to thwart Trump from saving America:

      Judicial Watch just asserted we’re on the verge of becoming a FAILED STATE under the thumbs of an IRREVERSIBLY CORRUPTED FBI, DOJ and DEEP STATE.

      Gotta admit: We no longer have a Rule of Law for the Ruling Class – there’s ZERO evidence to the contrary.

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      • Dazza says:

        I heard that interview on Dobbs. Sad but true. Shocking that it has gotten to this.

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        • backwoodsgirl123 says:

          Here it is!

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          • MVW says:

            The problem with absolute, down the line pure socialist, Globalist, muslim, wholesale bias by the media is that besides pure anti American propaganda, the massive crookedness of the socialists is buried, obfuscated, minimized, misdirected, and put on the stories back page, thus allowing America to be plundered by the $100’s of billions if not $ trillions.

            Unbelievable because it is so massive and overt. Yet, there it is. And it is the complete dishonesty of Libtards that this is ok with them, thus giving a pass due to ideology.

            Time to wrap the dead chicken around the DhimmiRats neck. It is also time to rip the government granted media monopoly from these socialists rats. Plus time to break apart the monopoly that Google, Facebook, etc have enjoyed and exploited to support their socialist benefactors.

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        • About time “FAILED STATE THREAT” got addressed!

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  19. rsanchez1990 says:

    Predatory economics is indeed a very interesting expression, and perfectly describes China’s business dealings with countries around the Indian Ocean, and even some in Central and South America. It is economic colonialism, and China is creating economic vassals around the world. They promise stimulus with economic spending but no one local gets hired. They bring in Chinese workers, Chinese equipment, raid local resources, and set up supply chains for Chinese manufacturing back home. The countries taking this “aid” really do need to think about whether they want to keep economic freedom and self-determination or become beholden to the Chinese permanently.

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    • Tegan says:

      Much too long and detailed to go into here, but anyone interested in China’s predatory economics should research what’s happening at the Panama Canal.

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      • CC says:

        Back during the treaty negotiations, in the mid 70’s…the fear was the USSR would come in and take over the Canal….China has a huge presence there and they always have had a presence only now its more visible…I grew up there….The Chinese are helping to make Panama a resort and hot vacation spot…bringing in lots of ‘Balboas”..for the government….

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  20. chojun says:

    This is one of the most consequential, momentous developments in the world power structure in recent times. The reason why this is so critical is because of the differences in Chinese and Indian cultures, along with their world views and plans for the future, in addition to the economic potential that each country possesses.

    China and India are roughly on par with each-other not only in terms of the size of their potential middle classes, but also in terms of economic development and the rate at which their economies are developing into 1st-world economies and are modernizing to become the same. China has a huge leg up on India in terms of manufacturing capability and infrastructure. This advantage comes in the form of a millstone hanging about the Chinese economy’s neck, which millstone is currency manipulation by central Chinese banks guided by the Chinese Government’s central planning committees. Essentially, the Chinese have mortgaged their economy, exploiting massive trade deficits with the United States as collateral for this mortgage.

    This arrangement was to create the capital in-flows necessary to finance their second large initiative – and ultimately their potentially largest windfall – the one road/one belt initiative which would create a massive logistics and trade network throughout the entire eastern world with Europe as its ultimate destination.

    The reason why India is so important in all of this is that, in terms of economic potential, India is right on par with China. However, much of India’s success has been realized from the export of labor instead of manufactured goods at manipulated prices. India has built its economy, slowly, from the ground up on much more sound economic principles. India does not have an expansionist philosophy and its culture is very friendly to Western ideals (In the software industry I’ve worked with a number of Indian folks – they’re outstanding people and assimilate into American culture *very* easily).

    Forming economic bonds with India is a largely untapped potential in the world. Russia has recently been making overtures in trade with India. Were India to become a large point-of-origin for manufactured goods sent throughout Asia, the Middle-East, and Europe, it would be a major threat to Chinese economic expansionism. The United States is, I believe, a temporary parasitic host for Chinese plans. Once their One Road/One Belt plan is complete, the Chinese will have by then cemented their spot as the #1 World Economy and more than likely entered the world military scene as a superpower alongside the United States. Europe will have by then become entirely dependent upon Chinese exports.

    India is a major stumbling block in these plans. Both Chinese and Indian people are suspicious of each-other. This will be very interesting to watch in the coming months and years. Donald Trump’s hand of friendship extended toward Modi is certainly alarming to the Communist Party in Beijing.

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    • Valuable insights, Chojun, laid out brilliantly with real-time implications.

      Thanks SO much for your contribution!

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Great points, and very much agreed. It will be interesting to see if Trump can tempt China toward both better external behavior and greater internal democracy by this route. Perhaps China will see that a revision of its subtly aggressive policies – political, financial and military – to something more like India, offers a way to lessen the alarm and suspicion which China’s current policies seem to kick up everywhere. When all is said and done, being good is so much easier than faking it. China may want to give it a try.

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    • xyzlatin says:

      “However, much of India’s success has been realized from the export of labor”. If you look at countries around the world, you will find far more Chinese migrating from China than Indians. China is exporting its population, but it keeps tabs on them, and they form a potential fifth column in most countries. In Australia a few years back there was a dispute about something to do with sports, and within days, there were thousands and thousands of Chinese youth organised in protest, bussed in to the capital, Canberra, all organized on the quiet, until they suddenly appeared.

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  21. Dazza says:

    Most people have no idea that these deals on energy are being done nor the huge economic significance to the USA. I know beacause I am aTreeper.
    Thank you, Sundance.

    And thank God for PDJT, the Lion!

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  22. cyn3wulf says:

    Incredible. Love this quote:

    “The world’s center of gravity is shifting to the heart of the Indo-Pacific. The U.S. and India – with our shared goals of peace, security, freedom of navigation, and a free and open architecture – must serve as the eastern and western beacons of the Indo-Pacific. As the port and starboard lights between which the region can reach its greatest and best potential.”

    It really is a shame more Americans don’t know more about this administration is doing. But, hey, we all know about what some skeevy person said that Trump was said to have said that was not quite the thing to a gold star family…

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  23. wolfmoon1776 says:

    The thing which I find remarkable about Trump’s team is that they are ALL integrated and mutually assisting each other. T.Rex is clearly pushing the agendas of Rick Perry, Jim Mattis, Wilburine, Steve Mnuchin and more, and yet THEY are clearly passing Tillerson the ammo he needs to get HIS job done. SUCH teamwork – it’s like the Boy Scouts or something!

    All of which results in massive Modi Hugs™ for THE BOSS. 😀

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    • Tegan says:

      Woofman, yes you certainly don’t overtly see any massive egos among the Cabinet members. They appear to genuinely respect and like each other. They remind me of a championship team…whether it be a Ryder Cup golf, Final Four college basketball, Olympic gymnastics, etc…they win because they work as a team and not as egocentric individuals. Of course, I believe that’s definitely Trump’s management style and not happenstance. I love that in almost every photo of an event, you see one or two Cabinet members in the background, as well.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        “I love that in almost every photo of an event, you see one or two Cabinet members in the background, as well.”

        Great catch! I had noticed cabinet members at PR events, a couple of times, as well as Ivanka showing up in a LOT of “people” photo ops, but I didn’t connect that “extra effort of showing up” with the fact that they back each other up in policy and practice.

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  24. Never heard “Indo-Pacific” used as often or powerfully to bind allied trading partners together for mutual interest.

    NOT the “Asia-Pacific” siren song designed to transition us to an Asia-Next and America-Last model for Globalist Parasites.

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  25. Annie says:

    that pix is just too cute…!!!

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  26. JimmyJack says:

    Sundance, you are KILLING it on the economic posts especially about world economic issues and our role in them.

    THANKS!!!!

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  27. Dazza says:

    So PDJT Trump is essentially setting up India as a major competitor to China. Very interesting and excellent, it is about time.
    Also deflationary, along with Technology.
    We are going to have low interest rates for decades. Even if the Fed rate doubles it is still only at 2.0%

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  28. Angry Dumbo says:

    USA and India – “bookends of democracy” – gorgeous prose. Did Steve Miller write this speech? I love this relationship.

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  29. TwoLaine says:

    Asian American Hotel Association (AAHOA)

    AAHOA is the largest hotel owners association in the world. The more than 16,000 AAHOA members own almost 1 in every 2 hotels in the United States. With billions of dollars in property assets and hundreds of thousands of employees, AAHOA members are core economic contributors in virtually every community in the United States. As an association, AAHOA is a proud defender of free enterprise and the foremost current-day example of realizing the American Dream.

    In 2017, AAHOA celebrated its 28th anniversary and is currently one of hospitality industry’s most respected and influential organizations. AAHOA represents more than 16,500 members nationwide, who own more than 23,000 properties, amounting to nearly 50% of all hotels in the United States. AAHOA members employ over 700,000 workers across America, and account for nearly $10 billion in annual payroll.

    http://www.aahoa.com/about-aahoa

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  30. pjb535i says:

    “Our open societies generate high-quality ideas at the speed of free thought.”

    This is the key to prosperity. Innovation requires free thought, and free thinking requires freedom and democracy.

    After 25 years of American decline, India must see Secretary Tillerson as a Viscount Mountbatten figure, someone the know, admire, and trust. Look how far they’ve come in the 70 years since August 15, 1947. They no doubt see President. Trump as a godsend, a man born near the dawn of their independence whose hour has now arrived.

    Thank you for posting this transcript. Really good stuff!

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  31. Jeff says:

    SURVIVOR GLOBAL ISLAND

    The BRICS alliance has set up a rival system to trade for oil and energy . Trading in a basket of currencies and not the ” not federal and no reserve ” FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE .

    In 2014 Russia completed its electronic currency exchange to rival the US SYSTEM called SWIFT .

    The significance of TRUMP AMERICAN ALLIANCE sending T-REX to pull INDIA ( the “I” in BRICS ) over to our alliance is “BIGLY YUGE ”

    With the WAR ON COAL over and our DOMESTIC ENERGY SECTOR open for business again we will become a NET EXPORTER of oil and especially natural gas products like LNG .

    EVEN WITH the “NIMBY ” Crowd showing up in every BLUE STATE crying …” NOT IN MY BACK YARD ” ( GREEN AGENDA is the mask of kill capitalism )

    Coming to a RED STATE near you are LNG port jobs and transportation logistics . REAL AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS jobs WITH bennies .

    What do AMERICAN’S get in return …well besides a customer ..We get a player in the region to help keep an eye on China and N Korea . We sell them military hardware and cut down the time to park the US FLEETS in the geopolitical shaky zone of the Pacific rim .

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  32. PDQ says:

    POTUS told us not to worry our little heads about al this economy stuff…he said (paraphrased):

    “I got this, it’s what I do.”

    Cool beans.

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  33. wodiej says:

    Awesome. I like your thinking Sundance.

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  34. indiamaria2020 says:

    Well now. Isn’t THIS why we brought a business man into the White House? “He’s a wise and thoughtful man.” Indeed.

    The capacity of this Administration, particularly our Secretary of State, in comparison with the predecessor is like the difference in watching the artistry of a Robert Duvall, a Clint Eastwood versus a Pee Wee Herman. Pee Wee Kerry could not have even understood the questions.

    Boy oh boy are we ever in good hands !!

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  35. New term coined by Tillerson to refer to Chinese economic policy: “predatory economics.” According to Tillerson, the Chinese government lends money to countries in the Indo-Pacific region in a way that gives them debt, but not jobs, and so that their assets end up getting owned by China.

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  36. freddiel says:

    We are so lucky to have such an intellectual as our SOS. This man exudes confidence and proves that he has total control of the mission. I’ll bet there are a whole lot of leaders of other countries who are getting quite an education when he speaks.

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  37. Nordic Breed says:

    Based on this speech, it appears that China and her ambitions is in BIG trouble. The atheistic, communistic type of government is incapable of producing the kind of creative, problem-solving individuals needed to meet today’s challenges. Moreover, the constant class warfare basis of communism is the antithesis of the peace/prosperity/possibility of a decent standard of living model behind MAGA. Not only will America be MAGA at home, she will be the instigator of unity among nations who share a large portion of our values.

    We must continue to pray for our President, our leaders, and our country. Let God intervene as He sees fit to solve the problems of communism in our nation today, while we promote and broadcast truth to all.

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  38. Founding Fathers Fan says:

    Most of our Founders were businessmen, not politicians. President Trump is a businessman. Getting back to basics works, well.

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  39. Maquis says:

    What an impessive fellow. Trump chose well.

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  40. skywinner says:

    I am an Indian, & have been visiting this blog quite frequently for some time now. It’s one of the few places that I visit to get a pulse of what American policy is up to around the world. The host here is quite an illuminator. Kudos to him.

    Personally I think it is good that India is growing close to America. It was not always the case however, personally as well as representative of the general Indian population. Growing up, I remember, there was an indifference, & at times ambivalence towards America.

    After our independence in 1947, we stayed as non-aligned we could, staying out of other people’s business. Turns out staying to oneself, & minding one’s business isn’t always the best thing to do in the real world. The war of 1962 with China cost us quite a chunk of land, & had the potential to decapitate & fully break apart the eastern part of India. It taught us to seek friends & alliances to protect from hostile powers. Then came the war of 1971. The Indian Army intervened in East Pakistan to stop the genocide of native Bangladeshi people by the Pakistani army & Islamist militias. And, so it did not help when President Nixon threatened to bomb Indian Army targets because India had declared war against Pakistan, an U.S. ally. The US was at the time treaty-bound to support Pakistan in its war with India. Luckily we received support from the Russians, who prevented the Americans & the British from making a move in the Indian sub-continent. This & many other instances where America intervened to the detriment of Indian interests made us wary of America. To be fair, every nation has to act in its own interests. Geopolitics. No ill will held.

    But after the fall of Soviet Union in 1990, India opened up its economy to the world. American companies set up shop by the droves. It benefited us as well as the corporations who made a lot of money. And, so it was the start of a mutually beneficial partnership, starting from an unlikely place, private corporations. Successive visits by American presidents to India, Clinton, Bush, & Obama, has only strengthened the partnership, allowing the partnership to expand to a more national people to people level. And, it is one which I am sure will only strengthen with time.

    Personally, my change of heart towards America came from two different instances. One was when I learnt that there were two Americans who were directly responsible for saving millions of Indian lives.during the 1960s. At the time India was facing a severe shortage of wheat, famine was imminent, & millions of lives were at stake. A man named Lester Brown, working at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, during a visit to India saw the imminent calamity & went back & urged President Lyndon Johnson to ship millions of tonnes of wheat to avert the impending catastrophe. President Johnson heeded his warning & relief was sent, potentially saving hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives. Around this same time frame, another American, Dr. Norman Borlaug, working for the Rockefeller Foundation helped introduced the “semi-dwarf” wheat plant variety in India, which increased the production of wheat by as many as 3-4 times. He became the progenitor for the Green Revolution in India, which has catapulted India into the second highest wheat producing country in the world. Dr. Norman Borlaug, later won the 1970 Nobel peace prize, & also the Padma Vibhushan award, the second-highest civilian award in India. All real politiks aside, stories such as this are quite extraordinary, it melted my heart.

    The second instance was when couple of years ago I got saved & become a born again Christian. I was born a non-Christian, never touched a bible in my life, Jesus was just another god, no body told me about the gospel, but there I was, watching a taped Billy Graham crusades event on YouTube, & after listening to his message, & brooding & reasoning it out in my mind, some time later I decided to give my life to Jesus Christ. Would I have been saved otherwise? I don’t know. There aren’t many Christians here in India as it is, & for most non-Christians the only way to come to know about the gospel is through the Internet. So, I am very glad I got to see a taped conference of an American Evangelist from some 50 years ago on a website operated out of Silicon Valley, California. So, yeah…. “Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD… Psalm 118:26” Forgive me, for it has been a long post. If you have read till here, you are awesome!! God Bless!!

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    • Maquis says:

      God Bless you, Sky. We are Brothers and Sisters in so many ways, none more profoundly so than as Children of God. Keep posting, please, enjoy your insight and perspective.

      Namasté!

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  41. This is what I like about this site; these videos where I can get real information about what the Trump administration is doing. Tillerson is really good. He has been giving out really good information about the strategy and the goals of the administration and how he works with POTUS and how it meshes together. I really wish more people would take the time to watch and listen to these informational interviews.

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  42. Robert W. says:

    Thank you so much President Trump and Secretary Tillerson…. and Sundance!

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  43. mostlyogauge says:

    President Trump has done more for the economic well-being of this country since I don’t know who. Reagan? Harding? Jackson? Washington? I do hope the plans will be successful. However, regarding India and the IT industry, I do hope that something is done about all of the outsourcing of IT jobs to India that has been going on for the past 25-30 years. I personally know people that have lost their IT jobs to outsourcing companies headquartered in India. The people that lost their jobs had to train their replacements, and their replacements were going to earn maybe 25% to 30% of what the displaced American workers were making. Outsourcing companies do not have the same agenda as the company doing the outsourcing; I’ve been on both sides. I have yet to see outsourcing be a successful solution across the board. Maybe for some functions, but not for the entire IT function and/or department.

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