Indian and American media is sending live updates on PM Modi's first state visit to the USA in 2023. With much anticipation, PM Modi's visit is viewed as a new step to strengthen Indo-US relations. He met President Biden and the first lady of the USA, Jill Biden, in the White House. State visits like this one are paramount to diplomacy and building bilateral relations. The White House Press reported that President Biden and PM Modi discussed various issues. These issues ranged from mutual to global interests. There were folk dance performances and the exchange of antique gifts after meetings between the leaders and their respective national security advisors.
PM Modi met with the tech entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk on this tour. Elon Musk is a South-African American entrepreneur and tech visionary. He began his career by founding the online payment gateway company Paypal. He owns the revolutionary electric car company Tesla and the space exploration company SpaceX. His net worth is currently at 245.9 billion dollars USD. Elon Musk acquired Twitter, a social networking company, and input drastic measures such as mass layoffs and paid verification for Twitter users. After meeting with PM Modi, he commented that he is trying to bring Tesla to India as soon as possible. He added that he is trying to figure out the right timing. The Indian government invited Elon Musk to tour India and explore investment opportunities that suit his aspirations to build Tesla factories in India.
PM Modi's goal for this visit is to meet critical political and technological leaders and strengthen India's position in the Indo pacific. Elon Musk exclaimed that he is a big fan of PM Modi and wants to do the right thing for India. According to Reuters, an independent news organization, Tesla had proposed setting up a new factory to build electric vehicles and manufacture EV batteries. The article added that Tesla is serious about making India a viable production base for the company. Elon Musk also wanted to introduce Starlink's satellite communications system in India. The new technological projects and developments could generate substantial job opportunities for Indians.
Although there have been significant favorable agreements, Elon Musk mentioned that Twitter would agree to the Indian laws while simultaneously attempting to provide the most free speech possible. Before meeting with PM Modi, Republican senators advised President Joe Biden to address human rights concerns in the meeting. These concerns included violations of free speech, growing religious intolerance, targeting minorities, and declining press freedom. The results of PM Modi's foreign initiatives will only appear after the implementation of agreements signed in this tour.
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