The Obama Administration has said that India and China are two significant powers of the region and the US attaches importance to both countries for regional and global issues.

“As you look at the Asia Pacific region, two significant powers in the region, with China on the one hand, India on the other hand, the President and the Secretary will be deeply engaged in discussions in the region,” P J Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs told reporters.

“They (US President Barack Obama and the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) will have discussions with the Chinese leaders,” Mr. Crowley said in response to a question,

He further added that Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton were looking forward to welcome Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his official visit to the US later this month.

“It reflects the importance that we attach to both countries not only in terms of regional issues, but also on global issues,” he said.

Mr. Crowley said that India and China are the emerging global powers, “and that’s why we have focused a great energy and attention on developing strong relationships with both.”

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