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Texas Rally with Trump and India's Leader a Turning Point?

Texas Rally with Trump and India's Leader a Turning Point?
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C), waves after delivering his speech at Kevadia Colony of Narmada District, some 200 km from Ahmedabad, on September 17, 2019. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Donald Trump’s rallies are among the greatest shows in the world.

He packs stadiums with his fans and faithful, while his opponents can barely pack a community center. Trump is at his most effective on stage in these rallies, his stream-of-consciousness remarks drawing cheers and chants from the crowds, and jeers and faints from the media.

Trump is coming to Houston, Texas, on September 22 to a rally at the massive NRG Stadium. NRG is the fortress of the NFL’s Houston Texans, and Houston is the bastion of America’s energy industry. Trump has unleashed that industry and helped it become the world’s most productive.

But this rally has a twist: It’s not Trump’s. The president is the special guest of India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi. Modi will speak before an expected crowd of 50,000 Indians who make America home.

Modi comes to the U.S. on the heels of an economic slowdown in his country and a delicate time in Indo-U.S. relations. The two have engaged in tariff trade battles. An off-hand Trump remark about Pakistan and Kashmir rattled the subcontinent. Trump’s presence with Modi in Houston will go a long way to show the U.S. essentially stands with India on the issue. This may in turn deepen ties between the two countries whose interests are naturally aligning.

The world’s largest republic and its oldest and most powerful republic have much in common. India and Pakistan, both nuclear states, have long been uneasy neighbors to say the least. The United States has traditionally had closer ties with Pakistan while India pivoted toward the Soviet Union, but the fall of the USSR and Pakistan’s suspected role in Islamic terrorism — the likelihood that it harbored Osama bin Laden — have caused both the U.S. and India to reconsider their relationship. Pakistan is no longer as reliable, and frankly no longer as relevant, to U.S. interests as it once was. India needs a powerful ally against its other unfriendly nuclear-armed neighbor, China. The United States is the world’s lone truly global power.

China’s rise presents opportunities for India to become a stronger strategic ally of the United States, while the U.S. sees the strategic implications and a massive and mostly untapped market in India’s increasingly affluent billion people. That market includes a voracious and growing demand for energy, now mainly powered by coal but over time likely to convert to cheaper and cleaner natural gas. The United States can now export both oil and natural gas thanks to the dropping of the ban on crude oil exports in 2015.

Texas, now producing 5 million barrels of oil per day and 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per month, may see its oil and natural gas find Indian markets before long, following on a recent deal to export Texas natural gas to Saudi Arabia.

These opportunities are lost on no one. Modi will meet with energy executives while he visits the Texas energy corridor, with both Texas’ incredibly stable and productive oil fields, and India’s dependence on Saudi Arabian oil, very much in mind. India is currently the world’s third-largest importer of Saudi oil. The extremist attack on the Saudi oil production facility on September 14, which took about half the country’s production temporarily offline, changed the world’s energy calculations. If drones were the primary weapon used to carry it out, the attack suggests the Saudi fields are far more vulnerable than before. The short-term oil supply disruption will have an impact on India’s already struggling economy.

President Trump, Prime Minister Modi and Texas energy leaders will surely discuss the consistency and stability that Texas oil and natural gas can provide his country, as India modernizes its energy production to meet its growing demand. The time is right for all concerned as Texas and Trump say “Howdy!” to Modi.

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