US President Joe Biden will host Prime Minister Modi for a state dinner this summer

US President Joe Biden plans to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a state dinner this summer, people familiar with the matter said.
The official state visit is a sign of deepening US-India relations as the administration advances policies and initiatives for a free and open life Indo-Pacific to counter what he sees as a growing threat posed by China.
The White House wants the state dinner to take place in June, but the timing could slip, family members said. A National Security Council spokesman declined to comment.
India is to host the Group of 20 leaders’ summit in New Delhi in September, where The Russian invasion of Ukraine will be among the main topics of discussion. It is not yet clear whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the meeting.
Biden should also see PM Ways to Australia in May when they get together for the Quadruple vertex along with the leaders of Australia and Japan.
The dinner with Prime Minister Modi will be Biden’s third formal state visit and dinner, following one he hosted for French President Emmanuel Macron in December and one for South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol scheduled for April 26.
Last month the United States and India announced a Critical and Emerging Technology Initiative, a plan to share advanced defense and cyber technologies, including the joint production of jet engines by General Electric Co.
India has not been so vocal against it Putin’s war in Ukraine as the United States and its allies would like. The critical technologies partnership is intended in part to counter Russian influence in India by reducing New Delhi’s historic dependence on Moscow for military hardware, and China’s growing assertiveness. US political leaders on both sides have sought to strengthen ties with Modi.
“The China-Russia factors are real, but so is the idea of ​​building a deep democratic high-tech ecosystem,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters while previewing the partnership. “So, geopolitics doesn’t sit aside, but that’s not a complete explanation of what’s at stake here.”


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