Chronologies

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Chronology


: India’s Deputy Consul General in New York Devyani Khobragade is arrested for making false declarations on a visa application for her Indian domestic worker and breaking US law by paying her employee below the minimum wage.

: Chief of the Indian Army General Bikram Singh visits the US and meets Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno.

: Eleventh annual US-India Malabar naval exercise is held in the Bay of Bengal.

: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits the US and meets President Obama.

: Vice President Joseph Biden becomes the first US vice president to visit India in almost 30 years.

: India’s Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Minister of Commerce Anand Sharma, and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Ahluwalia visit Washington for the US-India CEO Forum.

: Ambassador James Dobbins, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, visits New Delhi for consultations with Indian officials.

: Adm. Locklear, commander, US Pacific Command, in India with Secretary of State Kerry for the fourth US-India Strategic Dialogue, calls on Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and chief of the Air Staff at Air Headquarters.

: Secretary Kerry leads a delegation of senior US officials including Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Pacific Command Commander Adm. Samuel Locklear to India for the fourth annual US-India Strategic Dialogue.

: Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Sonenshine travels to India to host the second annual US-India Higher Education Dialogue, at which Secretary of State John Kerry delivers opening remarks.

: Seven members of India’s Parliament meet US officials in Washington.

: Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman visits India.

: India’s Union Home Minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde visits Washington for the second round of the Homeland Security Dialogue hosted by Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. He also meets Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Muller.

: Yudh Abhyas, the annual bilateral US-Indian Army training exercise is held at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

: Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai visits the US and meets Secretary of State John Kerry.

: Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine travels to India.

: US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert Hormats visits India for consultations.

:  Japanese Prime Minister Noda visits New Delhi to reinforce relations and boost trade and investment based on a free trade agreement between the two countries that came into force in August.

: US hosts Japan and India for the first-ever trilateral dialogue to exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

: Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith visits India and meets counterpart A.K. Antony. They take steps to build on the strategic partnership under the framework of the 2009 Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation.

: President Barack Obama and PM Singh meet on the sidelines of the EAS in Bali; their first meeting since Obama’s visit to India in November 2010.

: PM Singh and Cambodian PM Hun Sen meet on the sidelines of the EAS.

: PM Singh attends the Ninth ASEAN-India Summit and the Sixth East Asia Summit (EAS) in Bali.

: EAM Krishna visits Japan and meets Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko and Foreign Minister Gemba Koichiro.

: Myanmar President Thein Sein and 10 Cabinet members visit India.

: Vietnam’s President Truong Tan Sang visits India.

: President Pratibha visits Mongolia after a gap of 23 years and signs three agreements covering defense cooperation, media exchanges, and cooperation between India’s Planning Commission and Mongolia’s National Development Innovation Committee.

: Indian President Pratibha Patil visits Republic of Korea.

: EAM Krishna travels to Bali to participate in the 9th India-ASEAN Post- Ministerial Conference, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Consultations, and the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting.

: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits India (New Delhi and Chennai) for the 2nd India-US Strategic Dialogue.

: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Trade Minister Tim Groser visit India.

: EAM Krishna makes first high-level Indian visit to Myanmar after newly established civilian government takes office.

: US and India conduct their first-ever homeland security dialogue.

: EAM Krishna visits Malaysia for the 5th India-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting.

: Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh meets President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the 3rd BRICs meeting in Sanya, China.

: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao visits Japan to meet Japanese counterparts.

: Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva leads a delegation to India; his first visit since taking office in 2008.

: Albert del Rosario, secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines visits India for the inaugural meeting of the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation.

: Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin visits Mumbai and New Delhi primarily to promote economic cooperation.

: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono makes a state visit to India as chief guest for India’s Republic Day.

: India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) S.M. Krishna visits Australia to attend the Foreign Ministers’ Framework Dialogue.

: China’s Premier Wen Jiabao makes a state visit to India.

: PM Singh travels to Seoul for the fifth G20 Summit.

: President Barack Obama visits India, the first stop in a four-country Asian tour. This is the first visit of a US president to India since President George Bush visited in 2006.

: PM Singh travels to Hanoi for the eighth India-ASEAN Summit and the fifth East Asia Summit (EAS). He also has bilateral meetings with a number of ASEAN and other leaders on the sidelines of the summits.

: PM Singh meets ROK President Lee Myung-bak on the sidelines of the EAS.

: PM Singh meets Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the EAS.

: PM Singh visits Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for an official visit. The two countries issue a joint statement on a Framework for the India-Malaysia Strategic Partnership.

: PM Singh visits Tokyo and meets Prime Minister Kan Naoto for the annual India-Japan Summit.

: President Patil visits Cambodia and Laos. This was the first visit by an Indian president to these two countries since 1959.

: Japanese Foreign Minister Okada Katsuya visits New Delhi for the fourth India-Japan Strategic Dialogue.

: Senior Gen. Than Shwe, chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar, visits India at the invitation of President Patil.

: US and India sign a Counter-Terrorism Initiative in New Delhi.

: Foreign Secretary Nirupam Rao and Defense Secretary Pradeep Kumar hold talks with their Japanese counterparts in the first-ever 2+2 Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue.

: India’s National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon visits China as special envoy of PM Singh.

: India and Japan hold the first round of negotiations on an Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy in Tokyo.

: PM Singh and President Barack Obama hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Toronto.

:   Foreign Minister Krishna and US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton hold the inaugural US-India Strategic Dialogue in Washington. The focus areas of strategic cooperation are energy and climate change, education and development, economic trade and agriculture.

: Indian President Pratibha Patil makes a state visit to China, the first by an Indian president since 2000. In an official statement, President Patil said she “focused attention on India’s aspirations for a permanent seat in a reformed United Nations Security Council.”

: US Undersecretary for Political Affairs William Burns visits New Delhi for talks with Foreign Secretary Nirupam Rao in preparation for the first India-US Strategic Dialogue.

: PM Singh meets Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) and Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) summits.

April 30, 2010: Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Naoshima Masayuki and India’s Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia issue a joint statement following the fourth round of the Japan-India Energy Dialogue.

: Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh visits Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit and for a bilateral meeting with President Obama.

:  US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner visits India to launch the US-India Economic and Financial Partnership with Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

:  India’s Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna visits China to inaugurate the Festival of India in China and for discussions with his counterpart Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi as well as meetings with Premier Wen Jiabao and State Councilor Dai Bingguo.

: Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith visits India for bilateral discussions and addresses the safety of Indian students studying in Australia.

: President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea (ROK) makes a state visit to India as the chief guest at India’s annual Republic Day celebration.

: US Secretary of Defense Gates visits India. He praises India for its “statesman like” behavior following the Mumbai terrorist attacks, refers to a “syndicate” of terrorism, and assures India that the US would not depart from Afghanistan precipitously.

: Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai holds talks with Myanmar about cooperation on the insurgency situation in northeast India.

: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak makes a state visit to India, the first in six years by a Malaysian leader.

: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says he is ready to put aside its demand for a referendum in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

: India matches Pakistan’s ceasefire offer and offers to extend it to Siachen Glacier in the north.

: Pakistan offers ceasefire in Kashmir.

: Lt. Gen. Mohinder Singh, commander of 4th Corps of the Eastern Military Region of the Indian Armed Forces, leads delegation to Chinese military facilities in Tibet.

: Indian naval ships make port call in Shanghai prior to a one-day joint exercise “aimed at ensuring the safety of maritime trade and improving coordination in search-and-rescue at sea.”

: Indian VP Bhairon Singh Shekhawat travels to Myanmar to push for closer economic ties.

: Destroyer and missile corvette from the Indian Navy arrive in Malaysia for a three-day goodwill visit.

: Indian and Chinese special representatives hold talks on the resolution of the boundary dispute.

: PM Vajpayee becomes the first Indian PM to visit Thailand in a decade and the first foreign leader to address the Thai Parliament. India and Thailand announce completion of a free trade agreement.

: Following a meeting between PMs Vajpayee and Wen, Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal announces that Beijing has removed Sikkim as an “independent country” from the official website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

: India and the Philippines agree to exchange information and intelligence to combat terrorism and to sign an extradition treaty on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

: PM Vajpayee attends ASEAN Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Oct. 6, 2003: South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and PM Vajpayee meet on sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

: Assistant Secretary of State Rocca holds talks in New Delhi.

: Speaking to the first-ever India-ASEAN Business Summit in New Delhi, PM Vajpayee calls for India-ASEAN trade to increase to $15 billion over the next two years and to $30 billion by 2007.

Sept. 26, 2003: A Singapore-India joint statement announces the two countries have reached the “mid-point” in their negotiations for a comprehensive economic agreement that includes a free- trade agreement.

Oct. 2, 2003: Visiting Indian Army Chief Gen. Nirmal Chander Vij and Philippine counterpart Lt. Gen. Gregorio Camiling agree to boost bilateral military exchanges and cooperation.

: Indonesian FM Hassan Wirayuda and Indian counterpart Sinha co-chair inaugural meeting of India-Indonesia Joint Working Group.

: U.S.-India Defense Policy Group meets in Washington, D.C.

: India and China trade charges of border intrusions across the Line of Actual Control in the northeastern sector of the disputed border.

: Thailand’s Ambassador to India Chirasak Thanesnant identifies India as a hub for its “enhanced economic co-operation in South Asia.”

: India rejects dispatch of troops to help stabilize Iraq despite what India’s foreign minister says is “our growing dialogue and strengthened ties with the U.S.”

: A 58-member high-level Chinese air force delegation visits Indian airbase.

: PM Vajpayee visits China, the first Indian PM to do so in a decade.

: Deputy PM Advani visits Washington for a range of talks with U.S. officials, but gives no assurance on Indian troops for stabilizing Iraq.

: Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage holds consultations in India with his counterparts.

: Shigeru Ishiba becomes the first Japanese Defense Agency director general to visit India.

: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets Indian Defense Minister Fernandes in Beijing.

: Singapore PM Goh Chok Tong visits Delhi to launch talks on a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) that will include a Free Trade Agreement.

: Indian foreign minister says “India has a much better case to go for pre-emptive action against Pakistan than the U.S. has in Iraq.”

: Indian foreign minister rejects U.S. calls for India-Pakistan talks after a March 23 massacre in Kashmir, saying, “[a]dvice to India about resuming dialogue with Pakistan in the aftermath of the killings of Hindus in Kashmir this week was just as gratuitous and misplaced as we asking them to open a dialogue with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.”

: India’s Foreign Ministry spokesman tells reporters that “[t]he military action begun today [against Iraq] thus lacks [United Nations] justification” and suggests it was “avoidable.”

: Using unusually harsh language, Indian PM Vajpayee says “[i]f the United States can’t make Pakistan keep its promise [to halt cross-border infiltration], it shows its weakness” and “[i]f assurances given to us are not honored, we will factor this in while formulating our policy in future.” President Bush calls PM Vajpayee the next day.

: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard A. Meserve and Indian nuclear officials agree to resume nuclear safety cooperation with the country.

: Thai FM Surakiart Sathirathai and Indian counterpart Yashwant Sinha led delegations to meeting of the Joint Commission, held after a gap of seven years.

: Arunachal Pradesh state education minister Takam Sanjay tells journalists “Our chief minister, Mukut Mithi, recently called on Defense Minister George Fernandes and informed him that the Chinese army has restarted the construction of roads along the international border.”

: U.S. and India sign a Statement of Principles for U.S.-India High Technology Commerce during Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal’s three-day visit to Washington.

: India and the U.S. hold second meeting of their joint Global Issues Forum. This session focused on a range of issues including environment; health and infectious diseases, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS; human rights and democracy-related issues.

: U.S. Army Chief Eric Shinseki arrives on two-day visit to India, the first by a U.S. army chief.

: Deputy PM L.K. Advani visits Thailand and Singapore to strengthen economic relations and counterterrorism cooperation.

: Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Win Aung visits India to bolster bilateral cooperation – the first visit in 15 years.

: Singapore President S.R. Nathan visits Hyderabad, India to encourage high-technology business ties.

: Chinese President Jiang Zemin meets Indian Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi in Beijing.

Jan. 7-8, 2003: Visiting Japanese FM Kawaguchi announces the resumption of fresh yen loans to India.

: India becomes one of 14 countries to sign an agreement with the U.S. under which they agree not to send each other’s nationals to an international criminal court.

: India and the U.S. hold the seventh in a series of Executive Steering Group (ESG) meetings in Honolulu, Hawaii to plan further defense cooperation.

: Militants storm Raghunath Temple in Jammu killing 12 persons and wounding 50.

: In a speech to the Confederation of Indian Industry, Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill criticizes the Indian economy as “most restrictive” by several “various indices” and said lack of “good governance, corruption, and bribery are widespread, frightening away honest businessmen and investors.”

: The U.S. pledges $120 million over five years to combat HIV/AIDS in India.
Nov. 7, 2002: Alan Larsen, U.S. under secretary for economic, business and agricultural affairs, initiates the U.S.-India economic dialogue on finance, trade, commerce, and energy as well as cooperation in curbing money laundering and combating terror funding.
Nov. 12-13, 2002: The U.S. and India agree to establish a joint “high technology cooperation group” following Under Secretary for Commerce Kenneth I. Juster’s talks in New Delhi.

: U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad travels to New Delhi for discussions about the situation in Afghanistan.

: Under Secretary for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky and Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal hold the first U.S.-India “global issues forum.”

: Director of State Department’s Policy Planning Staff Richard Haass consults with Indian officials in New Delhi.

: U.S. Ambassador Robert Blackwill delivers a strong critique of India’s economy in a speech to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

: U.S. and Indian Air Forces hold joint exercise Cope India 02 near Agra.

: India’s CCS decides to pull back troops from positions along the international border with Pakistan.

: State Department spokesman Richard Boucher calls Jammu and Kashmir elections “successful” and “credible,” but characterizes them as “the first step in a broader process” and calls for “an early resumption of diplomatic dialogue [between India and Pakistan] on all outstanding issues…” The statement also “welcome[s] the Indian government’s commitment to begin a dialogue with the people of Jammu and
Kashmir and…hope[s] this dialogue will address improvements in governance
and human rights.”

: India’s Finance Minister Jaswant Singh says that each country has the right to take preemptive action to protect itself.

: U.S. and India conduct the fourth in the “Malabar” series of naval exercises – the previous three were held before U.S. sanctions were imposed on India after its 1998 nuclear tests.

: U.S. and Indian air forces begin two-week exercise code-named Geronimo Thrust in Alaska – their first joint exercise in 40 years.

: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Non-Proliferation John Wolf and India’s Joint Secretary for Disarmament S.K. Sharma hold talks on nonproliferation in New Delhi. The U.S. “expressed its readiness to broaden relations in civilian space cooperation” and “[t]he two sides also exchanged views on civilian nuclear cooperation. To this end, the two sides identified proposals which could be
operationalized in the near term” according to a joint statement.

: President Bush releases The National Security Strategy of the United States of America in which he calls for a transformation of bilateral relations with India but notes differences over India’s nuclear and missile programs, and the pace of India’s economic reforms.

: Elections take place in Jammu and Kashmir. Over 800 are killed during the period, and overall election turnout is estimated at 44 percent.

: PM Vajpayee visits U.S. for Sept. 11 memorial, the United Nations General Assembly meeting, and consultations with President Bush.

: Secretary of State Powell and Indian Minister of External Affairs Singh meet in Washington to prepare for PM Vajpayee’s upcoming trip to the U.S. Secretary Powell reiterates warning against Pakistan interference in scheduled Jammu and Kashmir elections.

: Indian Navy chief Adm. Madhvendra Singh visits Washington for talks with U.S. officials. He describes U.S.-Indian defense ties as “developing day by day.”

: Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrives in India for talks with Indian officials.

: Secretary of State Powell visits India and then Pakistan. In India he says “[w]e look forward to concrete steps by India to foster Kashmiri confidence in the election process. Permitting election observers and freeing political prisoners would be helpful.”

: The Washington Post reports that the State Department opposes the sale by Israel of the Arrow weapon system, which allows Israel to defend against short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles, to India.

: Assistant Secretary of State Rocca says the U.S. does not favor a plebiscite in disputed Kashmir – a position long-held by India. An Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson responds that “The statement from Washington vindicates our stand.”

: U.S. and India hold fifth meeting of the Joint Working Group on Terrorism.

: India’s new foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal, in a speech to the Confederation of Indian Industry, harshly criticizes Washington for exaggerating the threat of nuclear war, issuing travel warnings to India, and rewarding Pakistan despite its sponsorship of terrorism.

: India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) decides to study the possibility of U.S. technical assistance on electronic sensors along Kashmir’s Line of Control (LoC) to monitor cross-border infiltration. The CCS rejects the start of a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir until infiltration ceases, and reiterates that foreign troops will not be allowed to patrol the LoC.

: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in India says that “We feel that there are steps being taken which are constructive and I must say that the leadership here in India has demonstrated their concern and their interest in seeing that things are resolved in an appropriate way.” He also says there is no proof of al-Qaeda presence in Kashmir – rejecting Indian suggestions to the contrary.

: Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, in New Delhi after a visit to Islamabad, says that “President Musharraf clearly told me he is intent on doing everything he can to avoid a war consistent with the honor and dignity of Pakistan…The
commitment to the United States
[emphasis added] of President Musharraf was to end permanently cross-border, cross-LoC [line of control] infiltration.”

: Indian PM Vajpayee, in Almaty, Kazakhstan for the 16-nation Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, and responding to Washington’s call for de-escalatory steps, says that “[India] have repeatedly said that we are willing to discuss all issues with Pakistan, including Jammu and Kashmir, but for that, cross-border terrorism has to end.”

: National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice says, “We take the assurances and the commitments that President Musharraf made, not just to the President but in an open speech, that they would end activity across the Line of Control from the territory of Pakistan [and] they would deal with the infrastructure of terrorism. We take those quite seriously, expect them to be fulfilled. We expect the Indian Government to recognize that war will help no one here…And we recognize the statesman-like stance that India has taken in recent months, starting with the attack on Indian Parliament.”

: India’s Defense Secretary Yogendra Narain and U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith hold annual Defense Policy Group (DPG) talks aimed at increasing U.S.-India military cooperation. Agreement is reached to conduct a joint study of India’s missile defense needs.

: India, “for the sake of parity of representation,” orders Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi to return to Islamabad.

: Home Minister Advani, speaking in Parliament, expresses “deep disappointment” over what he says is Washington’s “encouragement” to Pakistan by making it a key ally in the international war against terrorism.

: An attack in Kashmir on a bus and Indian army camp kills nearly 40 persons hours after U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca arrives in India.

: U.S. Special Operations Forces and Indian paratroopers hold the largest-ever joint army and air exercises called Balance Iroquois near Agra.

: Assistant Secretary of State Rocca affirms that “non-proliferation remains an important item on our bilateral agenda…”

: India purchases its first major U.S. weapons system in decades when agreement is reached to buy eight AN/TPQ-37 counter-battery artillery radar sets and related equipment valued at $146 million.

: The India-U.S. Joint Working Group on Counterterrorism meets for the fourth time.

: Secretary of State Powell travels to India for discussions with Indian leadership.

: Indian Defense Minister Fernandes meets Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in Washington and signs a bilateral general security of military information agreement (GSOMIA), paving the way for greater defense and technology cooperation.

: Indian Home Minister L. K. Advani meets President Bush in Washington. He says he has “a measure of assurance” that the American government will stand by its promises to oppose terrorism against India.

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