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First Look: Blair in India
September 07, 2005
With the United States taking ties with India to a new level, can Britain and the EU be far behind?
So here comes British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is also the current EU president, to spend two days in India, taking part in an EU-India summit and holding talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
And this time around, rather than looking for a helping hand from Britain and the European Union, as might have been the case a decade ago, India comes to the talks ready to find out how it and Europe can enrich each other through more investment, trade and energy cooperation.
Today, India is clearly a confident nation at the top of its game; its economic growth is pegged at 7 percent this year, its first aircraft carrier is being built, and a seat on the United Nations Security Council is in the offing.
So, then let's wait and see if the current talks are also as fruitful for India as the ones with the US were.
Photograph: Getty Images/ AFP