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Clinton Heads to India to Boost Partnership


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to arrive in India Friday for talks aimed at boosting emerging ties between the United States and India.

Clinton will arrive in India's financial hub Mumbai Friday evening where she will attend a memorial service for 166 people killed in last year's terrorist attacks in the city.

On Sunday, Clinton heads to New Delhi for talks with senior Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The leaders will discuss ways to build on a strategic partnership that began with a nuclear cooperation accord in 2005. Clinton says the meetings with cover foreign policy, health, education, the economy, climate change, and energy.

The U.S. and India are expected to finalize two agreements. One will allow U.S. companies to build nuclear power plants at two sites in India. The other will ensure that U.S. arms technology sold to India is not leaked to other countries.

From India, the top U.S. diplomat travels to Bangkok, Thailand for talks with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

She then heads to the resort island of Phuket to attend an ASEANministerial conference before returning to Washington next Friday.

Gautum Guprta has more on the story.

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