Chronologies

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Chronology


: India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar visits the US.

: Indian Navy ship Satpura arrives in Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) military exercise.

: Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel travel to Japan for the US-Japan-India Trilateral Dialogue and the Ninth US – India Consultations on East Asia.

: US Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visits India.

: Prime Minister Modi visits Washington and addresses joint session of Congress.

: India and the US hold their first maritime security dialogue.

: Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller leads US Delegation to the US-India Strategic Security Dialogue in New Delhi. This annual dialogue includes discussion of regional and bilateral security issues, arms control, and nonproliferation.

: Foreign Secretary Jaishankar meets US National Security Adviser Susan Rice in Washington to discuss climate change and defense and Deputy Secretary of State Blinken to discuss civil-nuclear relationships.

: India’s Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley co-chairs the Sixth Annual US-India Economic and Financial Partnership (EFP) with US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in the US.

: US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visits India.

: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Dalbir Singh visits the United States with stops at Central Command (CENTCOM), Special Operations Command (SOCOM), I Corps Headquarters and Maneuver Centre of Excellence (MCoE).

: Prime Minister Modi attends the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC.

: Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval discusses the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit and terrorism with Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Rice in Washington.

: Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar visits Washington DC to review bilateral relations and prepare for India’s participation in the Nuclear Security Summit later in the month.

: Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose visits India for the second US-India Space Security Dialogue and delivers keynote remarks at the Observer Research Foundation Conference.

: Deputy Secretary of State Blinken travels to India and delivers speech on global order at Brookings India.

: India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar visits the US.

: President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Modi initiate use of the “hotline” they agreed to establish during Obama’s 2015 visit to India.

: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the United States, including visits to Silicon Valley, California and New York City. His visit focuses on United Nations General Assembly meetings and outreach to the Indian-American community and US business leaders.

: US and India hold the inaugural Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.

: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosts Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Ambassador Arun K. Singh for a working lunch.

: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley visits the United States for consultations.

:   Frank Rose, US assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance, visits India to co-chair the first meeting of the newly-establish US-India Space Security Dialogue.

: Adm. Harry Harris, commander, US Pacific Fleet, visits India.

:   US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Stanley Fischer visit India for the bilateral Economic and Financial Partnership Dialogue.

: President Obama visits India.

: Secretary of State John Kerry visits India to attend the Vibrant India Investment Conference in PM Modi’s home state of Gujarat and also meets the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan.

: Adm. Scott Swift, commander, US Pacific Fleet, visits New Delhi.

: Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Puneet Talwar gives a speech at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi.

: Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes his first trip to Washington since being elected in May.

: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits India to discuss military exercises, defense trade, coproduction and co-­development, and research on defense technologies.

:   Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker travel to India for the fifth US-India Strategic Dialogue.

:  Deputy Secretary of State William Burns hosts Indian Ambassador S. Jaishankar for a lunch meeting in the midst of the crisis in relations over the arrest of Indian diplomat. An official statement says, “They agreed that the past several weeks have been challenging, and affirmed that we are both committed to moving forward to resume cooperation on the broad range of bilateral issues before us.”

: External Affairs Minister Mukherjee announces that India and China will have more rounds of border dispute talks without specifying any timeframe.

: India announces a “pause” in the peace process with Pakistan.

: About 200 people are killed and hundreds injured in a series of coordinated attacks by gunmen on the main tourist and business area of India’s financial capital Mumbai.

: More than 80 people are killed in Assam in northeastern India. Indian officials suspect separatists in the region and Muslim extremist groups.

: Prime Minister Singh makes an official visit to Japan.

: Malabar 2008, a bilateral U.S.-Indian naval exercise is conducted off India’s west coast.

: President Bush signs into law the nuclear deal with India.

: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice travels to India for consultations with Indian officials. This is her first visit to India since March 2006.

: The Senate approves the U.S.-India Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (123 Agreement).

: The U.S. House of Representatives approves the U.S.-India Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (123 Agreement).

: The 12th round of India-China border dispute talks are held in Beijing.

: India’s Defense Minister A. K. Antony meets Secretary of Defense Gates and other officials in Washington.

: The Nuclear Suppliers Group agrees to provide an exemption that permits its member states to engage in civil nuclear cooperation with India.

: The IAEA approves an India-specific Safeguards Agreement.

: Sixteen bombs explode in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, killing at least 56 people and injuring 150.

: The Congress Party-led coalition government survives a vote of confidence brought after left-wing parties withdraw their support over a controversial nuclear cooperation deal with U.S.

: Prime Minister Mukherjee visits Beijing for talks with Chinese officials – the first visit by an Indian external affairs minister to China since 2002.

: Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee attends the fourth stand-alone trilateral meeting of foreign ministers from India, Russia, and China (RIC) in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg. This is to be followed by a meeting of the foreign ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) on May 16.

: Eight bomb explosions kill nearly 70 and injure over a 100 persons in the center of Jaipur City, a popular tourist destination.

: The sixth U.S.-India Global Issues Forum is held in New Delhi. The Forum develops new and expanded areas for cooperation between the two countries on multilateral issues such as the promotion of democracy, health, environmental protection, and human rights.

: Gen. Maung Aye, Myanmar’s second most senior military leader and army chief, makes a state visit to India and meets all of the country’s top leadership.

: U.S., Secretary of Defense Robert Gates travels to India for discussions about military cooperation.

: Manmohan Singh makes his first visit to China as Indian prime minister and meets President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiaboa among other leaders.

: The first India-China Joint Military Training Exercise “Hand-in-Hand 2007” is held. One armed Reconnaissance Company of the PLA and an equivalent strength of Indian troops participate in the exercise that included establishment of a joint command post, joint battle decision making and conduct of anti-terrorism drills.

: Myanmar Deputy FM Kyaw Thu visits New Delhi. According to an official Indian statement, talks were “marked by the friendship and cordiality that mark relations between India and Myanmar as close neighbors.” The two sides also signed an MOU for the establishment of the India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of Information Technology Skills (IMCEITS) at Yangon.

: Cambodia PM Hun Sen, accompanied by 12 Cabinet members, makes a state visit to India during which six agreements are signed.

: The Second China-India Financial Dialogue is held in Beijing.

: India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister P.R. Dasmunsi announces that “The Cabinet at its meeting yesterday evening gave its approval for tariff elimination/reduction on 555 products through a protocol of amendment of India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).”

: EAM Mukherjee makes a statement to Parliament regarding a rally organized by the Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The minister says “We have friendly relations with Malaysia and we are in touch with the Malaysian authorities in the related matter.”

: The India-U.S. joint working group on counter-terrorism meets to discuss bilateral cooperation in fighting the global menace of terrorism.

: The 6th ASEAN-India Summit is held in Singapore on the sidelines of the 13th ASEAN Summit.

Nov. 21, 2007 Chinese Premier Wen meets PM Singh on the sidelines of the ASEAN and EAS Summits in Singapore and says that “We are happy to see that both sides have the willingness and resolve to settle their border issue left over from history.”

: Singapore Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and PM Singh meet following the EAS. This is the first meeting between the two since January 2006.

: India and China hold the first-ever defense and security consultations as called for in the MOU on enhancing defense cooperation signed in May 2006.

: Singapore FM Yeo meets EAM Mukherjee in New Delhi for discussion of bilateral relations.

: A delegation led by the Chief Justice of India, Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, visits China to return a visit by the President of the Supreme People’s Court of China to India from April 2-7, 2007.

: EAM Mukherjee speaks by telephone with Secretary of State Rice.

: Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, meet Indian National Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.

: EAM Mukherjee visits Harbin, China for the third India-Russia-China Foreign Minister level meeting – the second such meeting in 2007.

: President Bush and PM Singh discuss the Doha Round and the India-U.S. Civil nuclear agreement by telephone.

: India and Singapore sign an agreement under which Singapore can use Indian military bases for five years in return for payment. The agreement is signed during a visit by Singapore’s Permanent Secretary for Defense Chiang Chie Foo with India’s Defense Secretary Vijay Singh at a defense policy dialogue in New Delhi.

: Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo makes a state visit to India accompanied by seven Cabinet ministers and a 41-member business delegation. The two countries sign a total of eight declarations, agreements and MOUs including an agreement on the establishment of a Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation and a Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism.

: EAM Mukherjee meets Myanmar FM U Nyan Win at a UN General Assembly meeting. According to an official Indian statement, “the External Affairs Minister expressed concern at the current situation in Myanmar, noting that as a close and friendly neighbor, India hoped to see peace, prosperity and stability in Myanmar. The Minister also expressed the hope that the process of national reconciliation and political reform, initiated by the Government of Myanmar, would be taken forward expeditiously. Further, he suggested that the Government could consider undertaking an inquiry into recent incidents and the use of force.”

: EAM Mukherjee leads the Indian delegation at the Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change, convened by President Bush.

: A U.S.-India Memorandum of Cooperation on public transportation is signed to facilitate cooperative activities to address India’s urban infrastructure needs.

: 24-26, 2007: The 11th round of the Special Representatives talks on India-China boundary question is held in Beijing.

: Foreign Secretary Menon meets Chinese FM Yang and State Councilor Tang to consolidate the India-China Strategic and Cooperative Partnership.

: EAM Mukherjee visits South Korea and co-chairs 5th ROK-India Joint Commission. Both countries express the hope of concluding negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) by the end of 2007 and meeting a $10 billion trade target before 2008.

: EAM Mukherjee visits Thailand for 5th Joint Commission meeting.

: India and Taiwan industry associations hold a collaborative exhibition in the south Indian city of Chennai to promote bilateral trade and commercial ties.

Sept. 5-12, 2007 India hosts a delegation of about 100 Buddhist pilgrims from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam as part of an initiative to promote cultural exchanges within the framework of Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC).

Sept. 4, 2007 India, the US, Australia, Japan, and Singapore begin a four-day naval exercise called Malabar 07-2.

: Japan’s PM Abe visits India. He becomes the first Japanese prime minister to address India’s Parliament and the two governments issue a Joint Statement on the Roadmap for New Dimensions to the Strategic and Global Partnership.

: Australia’s Naval Chief Vice Adm. Eric Shalders holds talks with Indian defense and military officials, the first visit by an Australian naval chief to India in 20 years.

: China National Tourism Authority (CNTA) opens office in New Delhi. This is the first Chinese tourism promotion office in India.

: India’s External Affairs Minister makes a statement to the national Parliament in which he provides the “factual position” regarding two concerns expressed by members – India’s right to test nuclear weapons and continuity of fuel supply. Regarding testing he says “There is nothing in the bilateral agreement that would tie the hands of a future government or legally constrain its options. A decision to undertake a future nuclear test would be India’s sovereign decision, resting solely with the Government of India.” Regarding continuity of fuel supply he says “The bilateral cooperation agreement contains elaborate provisions in Articles 5 and 14 to ensure the continuous operation of India’s reactors. These include fuel supply assurances, the right to take corrective measures, and a strategic fuel reserve for the lifetime of India’s reactors in case of cessation of cooperation.”

: President Bush calls PM Singh to convey the greetings of the government and people of the U.S. on the 60th Anniversary of India’s Independence.

: M. K. Narayanan, national security adviser of India, visits Japan to hold discussions on bilateral and international issues in preparation for the visit of PM Abe to India later in the month.

: MEA Mukherjee and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice make a Joint Statement on the completion of the civil nuclear negotiations between the two sides.

: , Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Kohno Masaharu visits India for the first-ever Japan-India Strategic Dialogue on Economic Issues.

: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Burns and Foreign Secretary Menon hold four days of meetings in Washington regarding outstanding issues in the 123 agreement. They announced that they “will now refer the issue to our governments for final review.”

: Australian Minister of Defense Brendan Nelson makes the first trip by an Australian defense minister to India in two decades.

: PM Singh and President Bush hold a telephone call in which they expressed satisfaction at the strong India-U.S. bilateral relationship and spoke about the forthcoming discussions between the national security advisers of both countries.

: Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung makes a state visit to India on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Vietnam.

: Japan’s Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Amari Akira visits New Delhi for wide-ranging discussions with Minister of Commerce Nath.

: Commerce & Industry Minister Kamal Nath visits Washington to give a special address at the ‘Global India Summit’ organized by the U.S.-India Business Council to mark its 32nd anniversary, meet senior U.S. officials, and deliver an address at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on “The Doha Agenda – Delivering on Development.”

: Thailand’s Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont makes a state visit to New Delhi to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. An MOU on Enhanced Cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy and a Cultural Program are signed.

: Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan leads a delegation to Australia, including Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. A prime purpose of the visit is to gain Australian support for Indian companies buying stakes in coking coal firms in order to ensure access to raw materials to support capacity-expansion in India’s steel sector.

: EAM Mukherjee visits Jakarta for the 3rd Joint Commission between Indonesia and India where he and Indonesian FM N. Hassan Wirajuda review bilateral relations since the establishment of the New Strategic Partnership in November 2005.

: EAM Mukherjee visits Singapore; a Joint Ministerial Committee for Bilateral Cooperation and an India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue are launched.

: First Japan-India High Level Policy Consultations on Economic Development are held in New Delhi. The discussions center on India’s development policy and Japan’s overall policy on economic cooperation for India.

June 12-14, 2007 India and Indonesia convene the First Joint Defense Cooperation Committee in Jakarta since the ratification of the Defense Cooperation Agreement between Indonesia and India in December 2006.

: Taiwan KMT leader and presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou visits New Delhi, the first KMT leader to do so since Chiang kai-shek visited in 1942.

June 7, 2007 Chinese Vice FM Dai meets a delegation of 100 young people from India headed by Indian Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mani Shankar Aiyar.

: Chinese President Hu meets PM Singh in Berlin. State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan also attends.

: Subodh Kant Sahai, India’s minister of state for food processing industries, visits the U.S. for meetings with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns and discussions about the post-harvest and food processing initiatives in India and the India-U.S. Knowledge Initiative in Agriculture.

: Defense Minister Antony visits Singapore. The two countries agree to continue to expand defense links.

: Under Secretary for Political Affairs, R. Nicholas Burns visits New Delhi for discussions on the proposed bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

: ROK Defense Minister Kim Jang-soo meets Indian Minister of Defense A.K. Antony in New Delhi. This is the first-ever defense ministerial talks between the two countries. Discussions reportedly focus on promoting defense cooperation including naval exercises and potential trade in defense materials.

: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the Staff Committee and Army Chief of Staff General Joginder Jaswant Singh visits China and meets FM Yang Jiechi.  Following the visit, an announcement is made that India and China will conduct their first-ever joint army training exercise.

:  President George Bush and PM Manmohan Singh discuss by telephone the G8 Summit scheduled for June. According to an official Indian statement, “[t]he Prime Minister conveyed India’s commitment to work with other countries to deal with the problems of climate change and global warming. The two leaders also emphasized the importance of a successful conclusion of the Doha Development Round of multilateral trade negotiations.”

: Japan’s Minister for Land, Transport and Infrastructure Fuyushiba Tetsuzo visits New Delhi and launches the Japan-India Tourism Exchange Year and discusses a new initiative to ease visa procedures for Indians traveling to Japan.

: Foreign Secretary Menon visits Washington for the 5th Meeting of the India-U.S. Global Issues Forum as well as numerous other meetings with senior U.S. officials on a range of issues including the bilateral civilian nuclear agreement.

: India and Japan hold the first Japan-India Energy Dialogue in Tokyo. Japan’s side is headed by Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Amari Akira and India’s by Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

: To promote greater cooperation between the U.S. and Indian aviation sectors, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), in cooperation with the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and other organization from both countries sponsor a high-level U.S.-India Aviation Partnership Summit in New Delhi.

: The 10th round of India-China border talks are held in New Delhi with China represented by Vice FM & Special Representative Dai Bingguo and India by National Security Advisor & Special Representative M K Narayanan.

: The first U.S.-India Defense Joint Working Group meeting is held in New Delhi. The working group was envisaged in the New Framework for the U.S. and India Defense Relationship signed in June 2005. It conducts a midyear review of the work overseen by the Defense Policy Group, which is the apex dialogue mechanism for the India-U.S. defense relationship.

: India and the U.S. sign an MOU to renew their commitment to work cooperatively on environmental issues. The MOU focuses on air quality, water quality, toxic chemicals and waste, and the management of environmental agencies.

: Shyam Saran, special envoy of India, visits Australia to meet senior officials regarding India’s proposed nuclear deal with the U.S. Saran also exchanges views with the Joint Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

: MEA Mukherjee travels to Tokyo for the first foreign minister-level strategic dialogue. He also holds talks with Minister for Defense Fumio Kyuma.

: Asano Katsuhito, senior vice minister for foreign affairs, visits India to attend an India-Japan symposium and to discuss bilateral relations.

: The U.S. and India Joint Working Group on Counterterrorism meets to discuss strategies for fighting global terrorism. Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Frank Urbancic chairs the U.S. delegation and Additional Secretary for International Organizations at the Ministry of External Affairs K.C. Singh heads India’s side.

: The 13th meeting of the India-Vietnam Joint Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, chaired by the two countries’ foreign ministers, is held in New Delhi.

: Australian Government Minister for Trade Warren Truss leads a 50-member business delegation to India for the 16th Joint Business Council. Truss opens a new Consulate-General in Chennai and announces the launch of Utsav Australia (Celebrate Australia), marketing and promotions program to raise awareness of Australian business and industry among the Indian business community.

: India’s Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon visits the U.S. where he co–chairs, with Deputy Secretary of Commerce David Sampson, the 5th Meeting of the Indo-U.S. High Technology Cooperation Group that brings together industry and government experts in the areas of information technology, bio-technology, nanotechnology, and defense technology.

: The 4th Session of the India-Malaysia Joint Commission is held in New Delhi with Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Albar and India’s MEA Mukherjee heading their respective delegations.

: India-China-Russia Trilateral Foreign Minister’s Meeting held in New Delhi.

: Union Home Secretary V.K. Duggal visits Myanmar to meet his counterpart Brig. Gen. Phone Swe on a range of bilateral issues including action against militant groups operating against India from bases in Myanmar.

: Mori Yoshiro, former PM of Japan, visits India as special envoy. He attends the opening ceremony of the Japan-India Friendship Year – Year of Japan in India 2007 and the 34th Joint Meeting of India-Japan Business Cooperation Committee.

: Chinese FM Li Zhaoxing visits India and kicks off the Year of Friendship through Tourism. Li and EAM Mukherjee announce the formal start of a bilateral hotline and the opening of new consulates in Kolkata and Guangzhou as well as tourism offices in New Delhi and Shanghai.

: India and U.S. sign a letter of intent in New Delhi on promoting linkages between small and medium enterprises of the two countries.

: External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee visits Myanmar.

: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo visits India with stops in Bangalore, Kolkata, New Delhi, and Amritsar. He meets senior Indian officials and speaks to an Indian business conference.

: The 9th round of talks on the India-China Boundary Question is held in New Delhi.

: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets Indian PM Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the East Asian Summit.

: India participates in the 12th ASEAN Summit in Cebu, Philippines as an ASEAN dialogue partner and as a member of the East Asian Summit (EAS).

: Singapore Deputy PM Jayakumar leads a delegation of officials and businesspersons to India to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The annual event brings the overseas Indian community to India for networking opportunities and seminars.

: U.S. imposes sanctions on two Indian chemical firms for selling WMD-related materials to Iran.

: U.S.-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act signed by President Bush.

: U.S. Congress approves U.S.-India nuclear agreement.

: President Bush and PM Singh in a phone call exchange views on current matters and express satisfaction at the current state of U.S.-India relations.

: India and the U.S. signed a $39 million military sales agreement on Indian navy’s purchase of six former U.S. Navy H-3 Sea King helicopters.

: Sixth annual joint U.S.-India naval exercise, Malabar held in the Arabian Sea. U.S. and Indian infantry also hold joint counterterrorism drills in Karnataka State.

: Pranab Mukherjee is named India’s foreign minister. A.K. Antony is named defense minister.

: President Bush and PM Singh in a phone call exchange views on Doha trade negotiations, the civilian nuclear agreement, and regional developments in Pakistan and North Korea.

: Joint U.S.-India army exercise is held in Hawaii.

: Sixteen U.S. nonproliferation experts and former government officials send an open letter to the U.S. Congress to redress “serious flaws that still plague the U.S.-India nuclear trade legislation.”

: Shyam Saran is named Indian special envoy for negotiations on U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

: New Dehli approves a $44 million plan to purchase the USS Trenton, a decommissioned U.S. amphibious transport dock.

: U.S.-India Financial and Economic Forum is held in Washington, D.C. to discuss Indian efforts to liberalize the financial sector and other issues.

: U.S. H.R. 911 condemns the July 11 bombing in Mumbai.

: U.S. Senate Energy Committee holds hearings on U.S.-India Energy Cooperation agreement.

: President Bush meets PM Singh on the sidelines of the G-8 Summit in St. Petersburg to discuss the Mumbai bombings and the nuclear cooperation deal.

: Senate bill 1950 is passed that promotes global energy security through increased cooperation between the U.S. and India on nonnuclear-related energy issues.

: House International Relations Committee holds hearing on U.S.-India “global partnership.”

: NASA and Indian Space Research Organization agree to include two U.S. scientific instruments on India’s Chandrayaan lunar mission planned for 2007.

: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation grants U.S. and South Korea observer status.

: House and Senate committees hold hearings on U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation.

: U.S. officials in Vienna fail to obtain Nuclear Suppliers Group agreement to consider proposals for nuclear cooperation with India for May 2006 session.

: U.S. Chamber of Commerce sends a letter to Congress to support the U.S.-India civil nuclear deal. The letter states that the cooperation would “foster deeper strategic ties that will yield significant commercial opportunities for U.S. companies.”

: U.S.-India Economic Dialogue is held in New Delhi. The group will report out to President Bush and PM Singh March 2.

: President George Bush travels to India and meets Prime Minister Singh to discuss growing partnership. March 4 President Bush travels to Pakistan.

: Under secretary Burns arrives in India to negotiate civilian nuclear energy deal.

: U.S. State Department’s Bureau of South Asian Affairs is reorganized to include Afghanistan and five Central Asian states and is renamed the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.

: Second meeting of the India-U.S. Energy Dialogue Steering Committee.

: Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky leading the U.S. delegation for a fourth meeting of the U.S.-India Global Issues Forum held in New Delhi.

: U.S.-based Dell, Inc. announces plans for 5,000 new jobs to be added to India operations.

: Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns comments while in India that the U.S.-India relationship stands on its own and is not directed at a third nation.

: U.S. and India meet for the inaugural Civil Nuclear Working Group as part of the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue. India and China also agree to cooperate on overseas acquisition of energy.

: Reportedly, Hafiz Muhammed Saeed, founder of the Army of Pure LET group, which India claims was involved in the Dec. 13 attack on the Indian Parliament building in New Delhi, is arrested “for making inflammatory speeches to incite people to violate law and order.” India’s response was guarded: “The arrest of the militant chief was for making inflammatory speeches against Pakistan. The bottom line here is terrorism.”

: President Bush says that President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan is “cracking down hard. The fact that [Musharraf] is after terrorists is a good sign.”

: President Bush telephones Indian and Pakistani leaders. According to a White House spokesman, President Bush asks Pakistan to “take additional strong and decisive measures to eliminate the extremists who seek to harm India, undermine Pakistan, and provoke war.”

Dec. 28, 2001 India announces the closing of transportation links with Pakistan. Pakistan responds in kind.

: President Bush praises Pakistan’s decision to arrest 50 militants and calls on India to recognize favorably Pakistan’s action.

:   EAM Singh rejects Secretary Powell’s suggestion that India and Pakistan engage in dialogue, saying “It’s not practical or possible at this point and I’ve told him.”

: India reportedly moves short-range ballistic missiles, technically capable of carrying nuclear warheads, closer to the border with Pakistan.

: The U.S. places the LET and the JEM on the State Department’s terrorism list. Secretary Powell, in making the announcement, said that the two groups were responsible for “numerous terrorist attacks in India and Pakistan.”

: LET closes its office in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

: Pakistan’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Rashid Qureshi confirms that authorities have detained Maulana Masood Azhar, leader of the JEM. India has called for him to be extradited to India to stand trial.

: Pakistan freezes the LET’s bank accounts. India accuses LET of involvement in the Dec. 13 attack on India’s Parliament.

: LET’s leader, a Pakistani national, announces he will step down in favor of a Kashmiri.

: President Bush says “I call upon President Musharraf to take decisive action against Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammed, and other terrorist organizations, their leaders, finances, and activities.”

: India recalls its envoy to Pakistan for the first time in 30 years and ends bus and train service between the two countries.

: The U.S. and Indian navies conduct a joint search and rescue operation in the Arabian Sea, the first joint military exercise since sanctions were imposed following India’s nuclear tests in May 1998.

: Five armed men attack India’s Parliament building in New Delhi. A total of 14 persons are killed including all five of the attackers.

: India tests an improved short-range, nuclear-capable Prithvi missile.

Dec. 12, 2001 President Bush, in a major address on U.S. defense and anti-terrorism policies, says that “India and the U.S. are increasingly aligned on a range of issues even as the U.S. works closely with Pakistan.”

: Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State Richard Haass visits New Delhi.

: The U.S. and India reinitiate the Defense Policy Group (DPG) after a five-year lapse. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith leads the U.S. delegation. A Joint Technical Group meeting, bringing together officials from the defense research and production facilities of the two countries, is also held on the sidelines of the DPG.

: USCINCPAC Blair visits India to discuss defense cooperation, Adm. Blair says that joint U.S.-India military exercises might resume in the “near future, weeks and months, not years.”

: PM Vajpayee meets with President Bush in Washington. The two leaders announce several measures to enhance relations, including the expansion and intensification of the U.S.-India Economic Dialogue through greater private sector interaction in the fields of energy and environment, a joint cyber-terrorism initiative, and the start of discussion on civil space cooperation.

: The USS O’BRIEN, patrolling the Arabian Sea in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom,” visits the Indian port of Chennai.

: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meets Defense Minister George Fernandes in India.

: Secretary of State Colin L. Powell visits India; India and the U.S. sign a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty to facilitate cooperation on law enforcement and counter-terrorism.

: PM Vajpayee writes President Bush expressing “understandable anger” at the attack and “Pakistan must understand that there is a limit to the patience of the people of India.”

: A car bomb attack is conducted outside the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly building killing 29 people.

: EAM Singh meets senior Bush administration officials in Washington.

: Responding to a report of a U.S. military transport aircraft landing and refueling in Delhi, India’s opposition Congress Party says, “We should not allow Indian soil to be used by foreign troops to attack a third country.”

: India welcomes U.S. decision to freeze the bank accounts and assets of 26 terrorist organizations but expresses hope that the list will be expanded as investigations go further.

: NSA Brajesh Mishra meets U.S. counterpart Condoleezza Rice in Washington.

: President Bush signs a Presidential Determination waiving sanctions on India and Pakistan.

: India’s Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, in a nationally televised address, says “I have assured President Bush that we stand ready to cooperate in the investigations into this crime and to strengthen our partnership in leading international efforts to ensure that terrorism never succeeds again.”

: Terrorists attack the U.S.

: Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Lalit Mansingh meets Adm. Blair in Hawaii to discuss military cooperation possibilities.

: Sen. Joseph Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a letter to President Bush, writes that sanctions against India have “outlived their usefulness and may paradoxically by impeding nonproliferation efforts rather than aiding them.”  Biden also emphasized that his call was for lifting sanctions only applied to the post-1998 Glenn amendment stipulations.

: Asst. Secretary Rocca visits New Delhi.

Aug. 8-10, 2001: USTR Robert Zoellick meets with Commerce Minister Maran in India. The two officials renew the U.S.-India Working Group on Trade. U.S. also grants India preferential trade access, enabling India to access trade worth about $540 million.

Aug. 17, 2001: A report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom criticizes India for its treatment of religious minorities and recommends a linkage between the protection of religious freedom and economic cooperation.

Aug. 21, 2001: Asst. Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter Rodman says “Our relationship with Pakistan is valuable to us. And I don’t think this administration is going to lose sight of that.” He also predicts that “India is not going to become an ally of the United States. I think India values its independence. It values its nonalignment. So I don’t think anybody should expect that India is going to collude with us.”

: Army Gen. Henry Shelton, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), visits India. He becomes the highest ranking U.S. military officer to visit India since the May 1998 nuclear tests and the first chairman of the JCS to ever visit India.

: India announces that the U.S. Army will participate in its Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare School.

: National Security Advisor and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Brajesh Mishra holds discussions with the Bush administration in Washington.

: Second meeting of the Joint Working Group on UN Peacekeeping is held in Washington. Special importance is “attached to the development of institutional linkages between the two countries on education and training on peacekeeping issues…”

: Third Meeting of the Joint U.S.-India Counterterrorism Working Group is held in Washington.

: The U.S. Energy Task Force led by Vice President Richard Cheney suggests “U.S. energy and state secretaries should work with India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to help it maximize its domestic oil and production.” It also suggests that sanctions should be reconsidered for countries important to energy security.

: Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia-designate, says “[m]y personal perception is that these sanctions have outlived their usefulness and that we need to find a new framework, and a new way to accomplish our nuclear concerns and get rid of the sanctions. The sanctions have to go.”

: Indian Foreign Secretary Chokila Iyer, in Washington for consultations with Under Secretary of State of Political Affairs Marc Grossman, notes the U.S. has so far not labeled the LET a terrorist group even though the United Kingdom has already done so.

: India is named as one of 52 countries of “primary concern” on a U.S. money laundering watch list.

: Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage visits India to discuss missile defense.

: India begins its largest military exercises (Complete Victory) in 13 years along the Pakistan border.

: India responds favorably to many elements of President Bush’s missile defense speech at the National Defense University saying the speech is “highly significant and far-reaching.” “India believes that there is a strategic and technological inevitability in stepping away from a world that is held hostage by the doctrine of mutually assured destruction to a cooperative, defensive transition that is underpinned by further cuts and a de-alert of nuclear forces.”

: The Bush administration names India and 11 other countries under the Super 301 legislation as unfair traders.  The notification is part of annual review conducted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

: The annual U.S. report Patterns of Global Terrorism 2000 does not declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) is not designated as a foreign terrorist organization. However, two other Kashmir militant groups are listed in the category of “other terrorist organizations.” Pakistan is criticized for increasing its support to the Taliban and for providing assistance to militant groups active in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

: India’s Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha meets U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill in Washington on the sidelines of the annual World Bank/IMF meetings.

: Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Alan Eastham visits India.

: External Affairs Minister and Defense Minister Jaswant Singh meets with the Bush administration for talks on economic issues, proliferation, trade, and regional and international security.

: Forty-seven Republican and Democratic Congressmembers sign a letter to President Bush stating “it is essential that the U.S. re-engage India in a policy dialogue to make possible the lifting of sanctions.”

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