US President Donald Trump’s historic maiden official trip to India was more of a face saving public relations endeavour for himself and for the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The latter wanted to highlight that he had the support of the most powerful President of the world. PM Modi also wanted to show his citizens and the world that he garners support from the US despite the controversial decision he took in Kashmir during the last few months. On the other hand, President Trump – after walking on thin ice at home following his impeachment fiasco – wanted his citizens to see that he is still a popular leader. It is evident that President Trump’s emotions would be soaring after a sea of people greeted him during his journey by road from the Ahmedabad airport to the Motera cricket stadium in Gujrat. During his speech, President Trump took a rather unorthodox approach. He discussed cricket and Bollywood – two topics that have always compelled the Indians to forget their social challenges.As per the schedule, the US and India signed several deals during President Trump’s visit. These pertain from the fields of telecom, energy and defence. However, the US and India signing a trade deal was nowhere in sight as speculated by the media. While President Trump considered his trip to India a productive one, he said that much more work needs to be done before striking a comprehensive trade deal with India. While the historic visit of President Trump could have placed PM Modi in the spotlight, the unrest across Delhi came as a surprise. The unrest was caused in response to the Citizenship Amendment Act implemented to provide an opportunity for non-Muslims from three neighbouring Muslim-dominated countries to acquire Indian citizenship. This piece of news overshadowed Trump-Modi meeting.Despite the clashes, Trump-Modi meeting went as planned. According to media reports, India plans to buy combat helicopters and military equipment from the US worth US$3 billion. The two countries also assured to cooperate in fighting radical Islamist terrorism. Moreover, they are also envision to strengthen their energy ties. As per media reports, US-based Exxon Mobil and Indian Oil have signed an agreement under which India will import Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG). In the telecom sector, the two countries have pledged to work on promoting 5G technology. President Trump’s visit to India was also a signal for China. While Washington and New Delhi are bolstering their ties, China, on the other hand, has been single-handedly exercising its trade and economic influence over South Asia, Asia Pacific and over the US. China, in this regard, may as well play a significant role to counter the union being created between US and India. China may as well join hands with Russia with Pakistan in its corner to create a bloc of its own. Nevertheless, China’s growing power in all industries have always been a concern for the US and India. Among all the agreements signed between Trump and Modi, the ones about science and technology and those related to or affecting e-commerce will be closely monitored by China.The US-India relations may as well get Saudi Arabia’s attention. Where the oil-rich Arab nation inked a historic deal with India in 2019 worth US$15 billion, Riyadh has been garnering positive ties with New Delhi and has been close with Washington. However, with the US and India developing diplomatic passages towards mutually-rewarding goals, it is evident that such a relationship will overshadow other regional alliances. The Trump-Modi connection and their current meeting, however, did not result in any substantial headway in the US-India ties. The two leaders did feel at home for they share the same level of animosity against the Muslims. It is yet to be seen how Pakistan and other Muslim countries of South Asia will view the growing bond between Trump and Modi. During Trump-Modi meeting, India would have judged President Trump’s inclination and intent to foster a trade deal. The US President did not give many cues in this regard. This is why some foreign press has termed that nothing big happened during President Trump’s visit. According to a World Bank report, the US is India’s largest trade partner with exports worth US$51.6 billion. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is at the second spot with exports of US$28.5 billion and China is at the third place with US$16.4 billion worth of exports. Perhaps the reason why President Trump could not reach a trade deal with India is his limitations to close such a deal. According to ForeignPolicy.com, “As Washington is discovering, it is not easy dealing with a country led by a populist leader with a strong mandate and a proclivity toward protectionism. Despite those hurdles, the broader trend lines in the U.S.-India relationship continue to seem robust, as shown by the visit itself.”The writer is an independent researcher, author and columnist.