Biden Will Focus on Trade, Security in India Trip

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Las Vegas, Nev., June 21, 2013.
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NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is traveling to India in a visit aimed at boosting trade and strengthening strategic relations as Washington pursues its new Asia-Pacific policy.

Biden's four-day visit starting Monday will include meetings with top Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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India and the United States will discuss regional security, including efforts to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

Biden and Indian leaders were expected to discuss hurdles to trade and restrictions on American companies doing business in the Indian marketplace.

Biden's visit is viewed as a major step in promoting President Barack Obama's Asia-Pacific rebalance policy aimed at forging strong partnerships in the region seen as an effort to counterbalance China's power.

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