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India nowhere in Romney plan

world Updated: Oct 09, 2012 01:40 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday unveiled a foreign policy vision deepening US engagement in West Asia, and getting tougher with Iran and Syria.

The candidate’s basic argument was that the US’s leadership of the world had slipped on President Barack Obama’s watch — a typically Republican position — and he would restore it.

"It is time to change course in the Middle East (West Asia for India),” Romney said in a speech from a military academy in the US state of Virginia.

But it was a vision heavily skewed towards West Asia. With the exception of Afghanistan, the rest of the world barely got a mention: Europe thrice, China once and India none at all.