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FPJ EDIT: Why US President Donald Trump’s visit was a mix of style and substance

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26.02.2020

Donald Trump is known to be particularly hungry for adulation and for business deals. He got both in plenty in his 36-hour India visit. As promised, Prime Minister Modi pulled all the stops to produce a spectacular show in Ahmadabad on Monday to send the self-obsessed dignitary into spasms of praise for his host in his address to the huge crowd at the Motera Stadium. Coming from a land where a 10,000-strong rally is rare, lining up the route from the airport to the stadium and then packing the latter with over one lakh cheering, screaming people would stay with Trump and his entourage, including wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, a long time. India is the second most populous country on the planet and its people are used to huge spectacles, political or otherwise (remember Kumbh?). But it was not all spectacle. Substance too, was delivered on this short but productive visit which would further cement ties between the world’s most powerful nation and its largest democracy. Shared values, common security and strategic interests, and the growing shadow of an authoritarian China looming over global........

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