DEALS ON DRONES, JET ENGINES, AND SMALL NUCLEAR REACTORS: THIS IS THE CALENDAR FOR BIDEN’S FIRST visit to India.

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A private meeting between US president Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take place on September 8 in New Delhi, in conjunction with the G20 Summit. The two presidents are expected to discuss the next steps in the accords for drones and jet engines as well as sign a contract on small nuclear reactors.

The week is crucial for Indian diplomacy, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the centre of everything. On September 6 and 7, he will be in Jakarta for the ASEAN, East Asia Summit before leaving again. On September 9 and 10, India will host the G20 Leadership Summit, its largest diplomatic occasion in years. Joe Biden, the US vice president, will visit New Delhi and is scheduled to meet in-person with the prime minister of India as well as other Indian leaders.

In the week of September 7 through September 10, Biden will visit New Delhi. He will take part in bilateral discussions with a variety of leaders before to the G20 Summit. On September 8th, outside of the historic conference, he will speak with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two leaders discussed several important topics during PM Modi’s state visit to Washington on June 22 and 23, including drones, visas, and consulates. They are now expected to follow through on what was agreed upon.

Small Nuclear Power Plants

The Modi-Biden bilateral in New Delhi is likely to focus heavily on India-US civil nuclear cooperation. According to a report by Deccan Herald, it could give the negotiations between the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and the US-based Westinghouse Electric Company (WEC) more traction for the construction of six nuclear reactors at Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh, each with a generation capacity of 1100 MWe.

Although the two nations inked a nuclear agreement in October 2008, America has expressed concern over India’s nuclear liability law. Washington is currently considering its options for collaborating with New Delhi on the issue.

In order to provide prospects for WEC to prepare a techno-commercial bid for the Kovvada nuclear project, PM Modi and President Biden “welcomed enhanced consultations between the US DOE [Department of Energy] and India’s DAE [Department of Atomic Energy]. They also took notice of the ongoing conversation about jointly developing next-generation small modular reactor technologies for both the home market and export, according to a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the PM’s visit in June.

The two parties are now looking to move forward.

The next generation of small modular nuclear reactor technologies are projected to be developed by the two leaders in partnership for both the local and international markets. On June 22, there was a brief discussion about the issue in the White House. According to media sources, New Delhi is considering a nuclear agreement on tiny reactors.

The Jet Engine Agreement

The jet engine agreement, which received a lot of attention during PM Modi’s visit to the US, will continue to be discussed.

Through this agreement, GE Aerospace would be able to transfer to India 80% of its technology for the manufacture of F414 fighter aircraft engines. The performance of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) TEJAS MK-2 will be improved as a result of this technology transfer. According to India Today, the agreement calls for the joint manufacturing of F414 engines in India for the TEJAS MK-2 programme of the Air Force.

The US Congress handed the Biden administration permission to pursue the aircraft engine agreement with India last week. The two countries are currently seeking to seal the accord.

India intends to purchase the extremely potent MQ-9B HALE UAV drones. The Indian Express said that plans to establish the Comprehensive Global MRO facility for General Atomics in India will be discussed.

Visa facilitation and additional consulates

The in-country renewal of H-1B visas was announced during the PM’s visit. Numerous Indian professionals now working in the US would benefit from not having to leave the country in order to renew their work visas.

The Indian Express writes that during Biden’s visit to India, a launch date for this scheme is anticipated to be announced and finalised.

There will likely be two new US consulates in India, one each in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. A consulate for India is anticipated to establish in Seattle. When the two presidents meet later in the week, an announcement regarding two new consulates in the US is anticipated.

Multilateral Development Bank reforms

Biden is anticipated to further MDB reforms during his visit to India by advancing a plan that strengthens these organisations’ financial capacity. According to a story in the Hindustan Times, this will aid in tackling the problems of eradicating poverty, increasing prosperity, and addressing the climate issue.

Jenna Biden President negative but COVID positive

Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 before the important trip to India. The White House reported that the president’s tests were negative.

The White House said that President Biden underwent a COVID test this evening “following the First Lady’s positive test for COVID-19.” The President had dismal results. This week, the President will conduct routine tests and keep an eye out for any symptoms.

When asked if Biden’s international travel may be impacted, the White House did not react right away.

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