"One of the reasons why President Obama has called our relationship with India a defining partnership of the century ahead is that India is increasingly looking East as a force for security and growth in Southeast Asia and beyond. To us that's welcome news," Biden said on Thursday, speaking on the "US policy toward the Asia-Pacific region and India's growing role in the region," at George Washington University under the auspices of the Centre for American Progress.
 
Speaking on the threat of climate change, Biden pointed to the expansion of the US-India Climate Change Dialogue Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to on his recent trip to New Delhi as a sign of greater cooperation between the two countries.

"The president and I are going to continue to reach across the ocean, both east and west, particularly to the indispensable Pacific nations, to help us shape a prosperous future for America, for their people and, I would argue, for the world," he said.

(Agencies)

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