US - India

Chronology from May 2022 to Aug 2022

: Jaishankar addresses launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New Delhi, where he sells the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue as an effective alternative to problems “beyond the remit” of ASEAN.

: India-US joint special forces exercise Vajra Prahar culminates in Bakloh with an indigenously developed weapon and equipment display to showcase Aatmanirbhar Bharat prowess of India.

: At a seminar hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, US Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday says that India plays a key role in countering China.

: Sitharaman meets US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo in New Delhi to exchange views on global economic and financial sector issues.

: Speaker of the 27th Lok Sabha, Parliament of India, Om Birla meets US political representatives, academics and students, healthcare experts, and community leaders in Boston.

: Sandhu and US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro discuss deepening the bilateral defense partnership and enhancing navy-to-navy cooperation.

: Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), co-chaired by the US and India, signs a headquarter agreement with the Government of India in New Delhi, according it the status of an independent and international legal entity. The CDRI is a partnership of national governments, UN agencies, multilateral banks, private sector and academia.

: Jaishankar addresses Chulalongkorn University and discusses India’s vision of the Indo-Pacific in the context of a changing landscape, updated capabilities of players, and the importance of safeguarding the global commons.

: Chargé D’Affaires Lacina and Consul General Hankey visit the Aga Khan Palace to commemorate India’s 75 years of independence and learn about Mahatma Gandhi’s imprisonment and the Quit India campaign. They highlight US-India health collaboration in global immunization efforts with the support of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the manufacturing partnership between Novavax and Serum Institute in India.

: Sandhu hosts US guests on board INS Satpura–including Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro and representatives from industry, academia, and the Indian diaspora in the US– to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Indian independence and US-India ties.

: Special forces troops of the Indian and US armies practice a series of tactical drills during the joint exercise Vajra Prahar.

: Chargé D’Affaires Lacina and Consul General Mike Hankey visit John Deere factory in Pune, which manufactures tractors and is a symbol of US-India trade and investment.

: Biden issues statement commemorating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence and in honor of India’s democratic journey.

: Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall announces that the Indian attaché team has unescorted access in the Pentagon.

: Representatives from Congress, academia, the private sector, and other organizations in the US share messages on the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

: Chargé D’Affaires Lacina, US Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin, Director of the US National Science Foundation Panchanathan, and Indian Minister for Higher Education Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N. meet industry leaders in Bengaluru to celebrate the 75th anniversary of bilateral innovation and technology partnerships.

: Biological E’s Corbevax vaccine is approved as an adult booster for Covaxin or Covishield, demonstrating the impact of the US-India partnership on affordable healthcare.

: Indian Embassy in the US organizes a roundtable with US universities, wherein the International Financial Services Centers Authority shared opportunities in GIFT City (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City).

: Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser of the Government of India hosts a high-level meeting with Indian Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh and US National Science Foundation director Panchanathan to strengthen bilateral scientific cooperation through robust institutional framework and people-to-people connections. Areas of mutual priorities include clean energy, one health, emerging technologies, and STI statistics.

: 13th edition of India-US Joint Special Forces Exercise Vajra Prahar commences at Special Forces Training School in India. The exercise aims to share experiences and best practices in mission planning and operational tactics of Special Forces operations.

: Director of the US National Science Foundation Sethuraman Panchanathan visits India to deepen science and technology collaboration with Indian partners. At a lecture at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Panchanathan announces new awards to connect researchers from universities across the US with scientists and engineers at several Technology Innovation Hubs of the Indian Department of Science and Technology.

: US Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin and Department of Defense Attaché R. Adm. Michael Baker visit USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10), a US Navy and Military Sealift Command sealift dry cargo ship at Kattupalli Port in India. USNS Charles Drew becomes the first US navy vessel to use maintenance, repair, and overhaul facilities in India.

: Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Ambassador Michele Sison meets Additional Secretary of Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ Americas Division Vani Rao to discuss US-India cooperation in the UN system and opportunities to strengthen the bilateral partnership on multilateral priorities. Sison also meets UN Resident Coordinator and think tanks in India—RIS, United Service Institution of India, Manohar Parrikar IDSA—to discuss cooperation at the UN to address development and peacebuilding, health and food security, and peacekeeping challenges.

: US Patent and Trademark Office renews partnership with the National Research Development Corporation, an enterprise of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology. They sign an MoU to strengthen technical cooperation and exchange information on the acquisition, utilization, transfer and protection of intellectual property rights.

: Jaishankar attends ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh, on the sidelines of which he meets with Blinken. They discuss food insecurity exacerbated by Russia’s war against Ukraine and shared support for Sri Lanka’s return to economic and political stability.

: USS Frank Cable of the US Pacific Fleet’s Submarine Force Pacific visits Indian city Visakhapatnam/Vizag while on patrol in the 7th Fleet Area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

: Sandhu meets US Rep. and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Brad Schneider to discuss the Quad, I2U2, and bilateral cooperation to address global challenges.

: A first tranche of MH60R Multi Role helicopters are received by the Indian Navy at Cochin International Airport, delivered by the US Air Force Special Air Assignment Mission Flight. Ambassador Sandhu commends this as deepening bilateral defense ties and attends a handing over ceremony in San Diego with Commander of the US Naval Air Forces V. Adm. Kennedy Whitesell and Indian Naval Group DCNS Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh.

: Counsellor of the Indian Embassy in Washington attends a Space Foundation event to highlight India’s space program and bilateral ties in the sector. Also in attendance are US representatives from several international space agencies and congressional staff.

: PM Modi participates in the G7 leaders’ summit in Germany. He meets President Biden at the summit.

: Ambassador Sandhu meets Sen. Ron Johnson, Reps. Bryan Stiel and Glenn Grothman, and Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos at a Sadbhavana event in Chicago.

: INS Satpura and one P8I maritime patrol aircraft from the Indian Navy enters Pearl Harbor to participate in the US Navy-led biennial RIMPAC.

: In celebration of 75 years of bilateral ties, USAID Administrator Power delivers a keynote address entitled “The World is One Family,” stating that the US-India relationship can be a model for today’s development partnerships. She meets Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra to discuss the bilateral development partnership and working together to respond to climate change, tackle the digital divide, develop resilient infrastructure, address global food security and more. She also promotes equity and equality for women in sports by joining young Indian women players for a cricket lesson.

: Sandhu meets US Senator and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jack Reed to discuss the deepening of bilateral strategic ties and working with like-minded partners in the Quad and Indo-Pacific. They discuss bilateral cooperation in new and emerging technologies, supply chains, healthcare, climate change and clean energy.

: US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo host a virtual meeting of economic ministers and officials from 14 countries that have joined the IPEF,. They discuss trade, supply chains, clean energy, infrastructure, taxes and corruption.

: Sandhu meets White House Director of National Drug Control Policy Dr. Rahul Gupta to discuss bilateral cooperation in counter-narcotics, affordable vaccines, and medicines.

: Sandhu delivers keynote address at the 40th Annual Convention Gala of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. He compliments the role of Indian American doctors during COVID-19 and in shaping and steering bilateral healthcare cooperation. He meets Rep. Tony Gonzales to discuss bilateral strategic and healthcare ties.

: Jaishankar meets USAID Administrator Power to discuss global development prospects in the context of food, energy, and debt challenges. They exchange views on expanding the bilateral partnership, climate change, and the situation in Sri Lanka.. She visits a Water ATM near Sarojini Market, a US-India collaboration that provides safe and affordable drinking water 24/7 to the local community.

: Sandhu meets Senator and Member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota). They discuss cooperation in the Quad and Indo-Pacific and working together in areas such as healthcare, technology, and energy.

: USAID Administrator Samantha Power arrives in India to advance the bilateral state partnership and address the global food security crisis. She meets food security and climate experts, civil society groups, and officials about the bilateral development partnership.

: Sandhu joins Ambassador Tomita Koji of Japan and Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos of Australia at a discussion on advancing a shared vision for the Indo-Pacific.

: Sandhu meets US Rep. Ro Khanna (D-California), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) and other representatives from industry, academia, and think tanks at an event hosted by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

: Sandhu hosts Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) at India House to discuss deepening the bilateral partnership in health, clean energy, education, defense, and technology.

: US announces partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry to organize a speaker series on bilateral cooperation on renewable energy to combat climate change and foster economic innovation.

: State Department Spokesperson Ned Price congratulates Draupadi Murmu on her election as the 15thPresident of India and looks forward to deepening the bilateral partnership.

: USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Änjali Kaur joins US-India Strategic Partnership Forum to discuss women’s economic advancement, the critical role of the private sector, and USAID’s partnership in the US-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment.

: Indian Secretary of Economic Relations of the Ministry of External Affairs Dammu Ravi participates in COVID-19 Global Action Plan Foreign Ministerial Meeting co-hosted by Foreign Minister of Japan Yoshimasa Hayashi and Secretary Blinken.

: Cultural and Educational Affairs counselor at the US Embassy in New Delhi Anthony Miranda meets Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar of the University Grants Commission of India to discuss collaboration between Indian and US universities for twinning, joint and double degrees, and establishing US university campuses in India.

: US Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for adults in the US, the first authorized vaccine in the US that is manufactured in India.

: Leaders of India, Israel, UAE, and the United States virtually convene first leaders’ summit of the I2U2 Group. They discuss joint projects within the I2U2 framework and other common areas of mutual interest, including strengthening economic partnerships.

: Sandhu visits USS Abraham Lincoln to cultivate bilateral maritime ties. He observes flight operations and interacts with the aircraft carrier’s leadership and crew.

: Sandhu meets Hawaii Gov. David Ige to discuss strengthening bilateral ties through enhanced connections with Hawaii. Areas of cooperation include trade, information technology and investment, sustainable tourism and environment, and expanding educational and people-to-people ties.

: Sandhu visits USS Illinois (a Virginia class nuclear-powered submarine at RIMPAC) and meets Commander of the Submarine Force Pacific R. Adm. Jeffrey T. Jablon.

: Sandhu meets US Indo-Pacific Commander Aquilino at Command headquarters in Hawaii to exchange views on bilateral defense cooperation, strategic partnership, and other global developments.

: Sandhu hosts a virtual roundtable of select US universities with the International Financial Services Centres Authority and GIFT City to seek opportunities for strengthening bilateral education ties.

: Sandhu pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi as part of his visit to Hawaii for RIMPAC.

: US orders 3.2 million doses of the Novavax COVID vaccine, the initial doses of which will be manufactured by Novavax’s partner, Serum Institute of India.

: INS Satpura participates in the sea phase of RIMPAC. Ambassador Sandhu hosts a reception on board Ins Satpura, in attendance including US INDOPAC Commander Adm. John Aquilino, Commander of US 3rd Fleet V Adm. Michael Boyle, Indian V. Adm. Sanjay Mahindru and other senior officials and sailors of 26 navies. Sandhu highlights PM Modi’s SAGAR vision (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and reaffirms India’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific and bilateral defense ties. Sandhu also meets US Rep Ed Case.

: Department of State’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Dilawar Syed visits Chennai to celebrate the 75th year of US-India relations. He meets startups, students, US and Indian companies, and Tamil Nadu officials to discuss the expansion of the bilateral economic partnership.

: Sandhu visits Indian frigate INS Satpura at Pearl Harbor, as part of a visit to Hawaii for RIMPAC.

: Japan’s former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is assassinated, while delivering a speech for a political candidate. Modi announces a one-day national mourning on July 9 and writes a heartfelt tribute. He expresses condolences and respect for Abe and commends his contributions to elevating India-Japan relations to the level of a Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

: Jaishankar meets Blinken on the margins of the G20 Finance Ministers Meeting. They discuss enhancing regional economic stability and security, including global efforts to reduce the effects of crisis in Ukraine, and expanding bilateral ties.

: As part of the celebration of 35 years of the US-India Vaccine Action Program, the National Institutes of Health, the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Department of Biotechnology, and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council announce the Clinical Research Bioethics Program to engage early-career scientists in the bioethics of clinical research and advance the US-India health partnership.

: Indian Navy’s P8I LRMRASW aircraft arrives in Hawaii to participate in the 28th edition of RIMPAC.

: Modi delivers greetings and congratulations to Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the people of the US on the 246th US Independence Day. Jaishankar extends the same greetings to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and expresses anticipation of further cooperation to strengthen the bilateral Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.

: Marking the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, Ambassador Sandhu hosts veterans of the Indian Armed Forces in the US and their families, thanking them for their devotion and dedication which shaped India’s defense and security and partnership with the US.

: Sandhu hosts Quad Fellowship Advisory Board at India House in Washington DC. The event was attended by senior officials and diplomats from Quad countries, including the US National Security Council, the Department of State, the Department of Energy, Schmidt Futures, among others.

: Sandhu hosts Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Cecilia Rouse, Governors Asa Hutchinson and Tom Wolf, Lt. Governors Eleni Kounalakis and Garlin Gilchrist II, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets Arun Venkataraman.

: Biological E. Limited of India obtains World Health Organization approval as an additional manufacturing site for the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The US Embassy in India calls this “great progress for the Quad Vaccine and US-India health partnerships through US technical support and US International Development Finance Corporation financing.”

: Sandhu meets Sen. Jon Ossoff at India House to discuss the bilateral partnership in healthcare, higher education, skills development, and clean energy and technology. They discuss the bilateral trade and economic partnership and deepening it.

: UN ambassadors from the Quad meet in New York to discuss ways to strengthen the rules-based international order and reinforce efforts at the UN.

: Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs team announces the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative, a new exchange program in partnership with the University of Alabama to inspire young leaders in the US and India to advance civil rights and inclusion. On June 21 program participants meet Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Nancy Jackson.

: INS Satpura, indigenous frigate of the Indian Navy, arrives in Guam ahead of RIMPAC. The Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.

: Sandhu meets Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Lohr, and the CEO of Fairfax County EDA Victor Hoskins to celebrate India-Virginia ties.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nancy Izzo Jackson arrives in Delhi to meet business, civil society, and government leaders to discuss US-India regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

: Chargé D’Affaires of the US Embassy Patricia Lacina meets Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra to discuss ways to advance the bilateral strategic partnership and shared regional and global goals.

: Commanding General of the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) Charles A. Flynn visits Indian Army Headquarters, hosted by Indian Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Baggavalli Somashekar Raju. Flynn also visits the National War Memorial.

: General Flynn calls on Indian Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Manoj Pande to discuss aspects of bilateral defense cooperation.

: US Congressional staff delegation calls on Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra to discuss bipartisan support for deepening bilateral ties, regional developments and growing partnership for global issues.

: Ambassador Sandhu meets Sen. Todd Young in Indiana. They discuss strengthening the bilateral strategic partnership. Sandhu also meets with elected representatives from Indiana and Ohio to discuss bilateral ties through partnerships with local governments.

: Ambassador Sandhu meets former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt to discuss collaboration in technology, innovation and education. Sandhu thanks him for administering the Quad STEM fellowships.

: Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu meets Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb to discuss deepening the bilateral partnership in healthcare, digital technology, and education.

: Indian Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution and Textiles Piyush Goyal meets Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. They discuss expansion of bilateral trade and investment to cement the bilateral global strategic partnership.

: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar publishes an article on the establishment of the Quad as one of India’s major diplomatic accomplishments.

: Leaders of the Quad (Australia, India, Japan, and the US) meet in Tokyo. They release a Quad Joint Leaders Statement. Among their announcements is a new initiative to improve maritime domain awareness across the Indo-Pacific. On the margins of the summit, Secretary Blinken meets Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to reinforce bilateral cooperation on global economic challenges to strengthen security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. They also discuss the Ukraine conflict.

: Biden and Modi meet bilaterally to reaffirm the commitment to work together for a more prosperous, free, connected, and secure world, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific as the future of the 21st century economy.

: Quad leaders launch the Quad Fellowship to encourage research and innovation among young minds in the four countries.

: Director General of the US Foreign Service Carol Perez and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson visit US Consulate General in Chennai to commemorate the 75th anniversary of US-India ties.

: CEO of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Scott Nathan and Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra sign the Investment Incentive Agreement between DFC and the government of India. The agreement allows DFC to continue to support India’s private sector and invest in climate, health, food security, and more.

: Alongside Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Indian PM Modi, President Biden launches the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity in Tokyo. The launch is attended virtually by representatives from 12 initial partners representing 40% of world GDP: Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. At the event, Biden reaffirms the US’ long-term investment in the Indo-Pacific.

: US hosts Second Global COVID-19 Summit and reaffirms that it will continue to work with partners to expand the manufacture and distribution of vaccines and therapeutics globally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers virtual remarks at the invitation of US President Joe Biden, and the summit reaffirms that bilateral cooperation to address COVID-19 builds on 75 years of successful partnership in health and biomedical research.

: US Consul General to Kolkata Melinda Pavek and US Agricultural Minister-Counselor Ron Verdonk visit Pepsi in Kolkata to celebrate the efforts of women farmers participating in the Women Economic Empowerment Program led by USAID India and Pepsi.

: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman speaks with India’s new Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra to congratulate him on the new role. They reaffirm the strength of the bilateral partnership and a shared commitment to a prosperous, free, and open Indo-Pacific.

: India’s Secretary of the Department of Defense R&D and Chairman of India’s Defense Research and Development Organization Dr. G Satheesh Reddy and Indian embassy officials in Washington DC meet US Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heido Shyu and Acting Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities Terry Emmert to discuss bilateral defense R&D cooperation.

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