President Wennstrom To Visit India To Rebuild Partnership
NEWS 10/06/2039 10:00 PM ET
President Wennstrom To Visit India To Rebuild Partnership
by Teya Cooke

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US relations with the world's largest democracy have reached a nadir.
The White House announced today that President Wennstrom will visit India in the new year, marking her first trip to the subcontinent.

The announcement comes at a crucial point in US-Indian relations, with Indian politicans dissatisfied with the American response on a range of issues.

Indian President Govind Bagchi has been publicly critical of the Wennstrom administration this year, calling for the United States to address a quickly deteriorating relationship.

According to reports, Indian officials privately remain pessimistic that progress can be made on the major disagreements separating the two nations.

However, the White House today took a more positive view labelling the disagreements a "divergence of opinion".

"The President remains optimistic that progress can be achieved, despite Mr Bagchi's recent comments," said White House spokesman Carruthers Smith.

Bagchi vented to the media in July after the administration refused to condemn the Chinese military buildup near the disputed border province of Arunachal Pradesh. India has deployed its own military assets to the region, as China continues to add men, armored vehicles, tanks and fighter jets.

At the time, Bagchi accused the United States of neglecting its responsibilities.

"When the United States fails to act to control aggression, it encourages it," he said to media, also citing the disintegration of Saudi Arabia as an example of American indifference.

The former Middle East economic powerhouse collapsed beginning in 2037, with the royal family fleeing the deepening chaos.

Indian officials have stated publicly their belief that a recent surge in terrorist bombings in India can be directly traced to fundmentalist Islamic elements gaining control of large swathes of the Gulf state for use as a base of operations.

Media outlets on the subcontinent frequently quote intelligence sources who have linked Indian terror networks to western ex-Saudi provinces.

India has also felt the flow-on effects of the United States' AI revolution, which has swallowed up jobs formerly outsourced to the central Asian nation.

It is estimated that of the 11.5 million American positions which had been outsourced to India prior to the April 2031 release of IBM's Pharius AI, American firms have recalled 2-3 million jobs to units running Pharius or its successor, Phariax.

Of those jobs not yet slated for mechanization, American firms are increasingly transferring positions in India to Africa. Nations like Nigeria, Kenya, and Mozambique which have invested strongly in education and ICT infrastructure and training are being allocated the majority of jobs transferred from India to Africa due to more competitive wage laws.

Outsourced positions in accounting and auditing, human resources, software development, server management, legal support and virtual assistance have been hardest hit by Pharius/Phariax, while jobs in IT support and customer support have landed in Africa.

The economies of India's larger centers - home to most Indians working outsourced jobs - have stagnated and are expected to contract as millions of formerly well-paid young professionals join the ranks of unemployed.

American firms are increasingly being criticized for betraying Indian workers. Last year, India's Minister Of Commerce and Industry Bumati Dvivedi said, "The United States will have blood on its hands," in reference to a string of suicides by Indians whose jobs had been mechanized.

India's government has also expressed concerns with the United States' level of aid, which has continued to drop, while aid to Pakistan has increased. India now receives $75 million, while its neighbor is allocated $320 million each year. The strong discrepancy has contributed to worsening tensions as some Indian government officials believe the United States is showing a pro-Muslim bias.

However, many commentators in India point to last year's "breach and close" scandal as the genesis of the current difficulties. American operatives, following a tip, pursued wanted terrorist Abu Mahmd al-Assem from Indonesia to India, engaging in shootouts with al-Assem in the cities of Chennai and Kochi.

The operatives were eventually cornered by Indian authorities and expelled from the country, as India's President lodged a formal complaint with the American Ambassador. He later termed the incident "a breach of our national sovereignty" in a briefing with international media outlets.

Al-Assem continues to elude intelligence agencies.
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