- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2001

India: 'World power'
President Bush, continuing to court India, has big plans for the South Asian giant, says the new U.S. ambassador to that country.
Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill said Washington wants to make New Delhi not just a regional ally but a "global partner."
"President George W. Bush has a global approach to U.S.-India relations consistent with the rise of India as a world power," Mr. Blackwill said this week in his first speech as ambassador.
"The organizing theme is not America, India and South Asia. Rather, it is the United States and India in the world," he told the Confederation of Indian Industry.
The former Cold War rivals are now among the fastest-growing friends on the international scene, even though the United States still has sanctions against India for its 1998 nuclear tests. India expects those measures to be lifted soon.
"Indians and Americans believe that democracy, freedom and human dignity should be universal. This indicates why we want to develop a transformed relationship with India," the new ambassador said.
The United States is also encouraging India to build better ties to China, a longtime regional adversary. China and India went to war in 1962.
"Good relations between India and China are in the interests of the U.S., as long as they are not directed at America," he said.
The Indian government, also eager to build on the new relations with the United States, is allowing Mr. Blackwill to function as a full-fledged ambassador, although he has yet to present his diplomatic credentials to President K.R. Narayanan, who has been ill.
Mr. Blackwill, an arms-control negotiator with the rank of ambassador under Mr. Bush's father, left on a speaking tour of India after his speech Monday to the industrialists' group. He is expected in Bombay today.

Danish food fightPer Pinstrup-Andersen is not afraid of a fight with environmental extremists who denounce genetically modified food.
The Danish scientist has made his mark advocating modern laboratory advances that make food more readily available to Third World countries beset by hunger and poverty.
He is ready to defend what affluent protesters call "Frankenfood." His contributions to the improvement of agricultural science has won him this year's World Food Prize and high praise from two ambassadors.
When the prize was announced last week, Danish Ambassador Ulrik Federspiel said he "presented a case for action which has had a substantial impact."
"He has shown how appropriate policies, including the generation and utilization of improved agricultural technologies, can achieve much improved food security in an environmentally sustainable way," the ambassador added.
Kenneth M. Quinn, a former U.S. ambassador to Cambodia, also knows something about providing better farming for starving people. As president of the World Food Prize Foundation, Mr. Quinn gives out the annual $250,000 award.
He said Mr. Pinstrup-Andersen has been a "brilliant catalyst for policy change."
Mr. Pinstrup-Andersen, director of the International Food Policy Research Institute, received the prize for his "contribution to the improvement of agricultural research, food policy and the standing of the poor and starving citizens of the world."
Mr. Pinstrup-Andersen has defended genetically modified food as way to increase crops and add essential vitamins for malnourished people.
He has accused opponents of acting like "new" colonialists, telling the poor what is good for them.
"The affluent in Europe and maybe in Australia and North America will decide that it is inappropriate to use biotechnology in food and agriculture, including food and agriculture in developing countries," he told the Australian newspaper, the Age, earlier this year.
"It is a new colonialism in place, telling them what they can and cannot do."

Welcoming ChienThe Vietnamese Embassy tonight will hold its first reception for Vietnam's new ambassador to the United States.
Nguyen Tam Chien, most recently a vice foreign minister, arrived in Washington last month to replace Le Van Bang, Vietnam's first ambassador to the United States.
Mr. Chien, married with three children, is fluent in Russian and English.


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