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Democrats for long-term strategic ties with India

Democrats will continue to invest in a long-term strategic partnership with India,” the party’s platform draft for 2016 released on Friday has said.

Reiterating America’s leadership role in the world, and rebuking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s statements that are widely considered isolationist, the Democratic Party platform said it would be “a dangerous mistake for America to abandon our responsibilities.”

“We cannot, as Donald Trump suggests, cede the mantle of leadership for global peace and security to others who will not have our best interests in mind. American leadership is essential to keeping us safe and our economy growing in the years ahead,” the platform draft, which will be discussed by a full platform committee meeting in Orlando this week, has said.

Senator Bernie Sanders, who is pushing for radical changes on issues such as trade and universal health care, has said he is only partially satisfied with the draft, and his nominees in the committee will be seeking more changes in Orlando.

Discussing India in the context of Asia-Pacific, the document acknowledged India as the “the world’s largest democracy, a nation of great diversity, and an important Pacific power.”

“We will work with our allies and partners to fortify regional institutions and norms as well as protect freedom of the seas in the South China Sea. We will push back against North Korean aggression and press China to play by the rules. We will stand up to Beijing on unfair trade practices, currency manipulation, and cyber attacks. And we will promote greater respect for human rights, including the rights of Tibetans.”

Among other things, the platform also reiterates its support for Israel and Jerusalem as its capital, and calls for a two-state solution.



India is a nation of great diversity and

an important Pacific power, says the party’s platform draft