Obamas Begin India Visit

President puts focus on trade, security
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2010 10:42 AM CDT
Michelle Obama plays music with underprivileged children at the Mumbai University in Mumbai, India, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
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(Newser) – President Obama's 10-day overseas trip is under way, with he and the first lady paying homage today to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008. "We visit here to send a very clear message that, in our determination to give our people a future of security and prosperity, the United States and India stand united," Obama declared. Details at CNN.

Much of the focus, however, will be on trade, as Obama himself spelled out in a New York Times essay. "It is hard to overstate the importance of Asia to our economic future," he writes. As part of the push, he's unveiling a series of reforms today to boost trade between the US and India, including the restoration of trade with several once-banned Indian companies, notes the Washington Post.

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