Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns apparently said this last month….as mentioned in an article in the Washington Post (sent to me by a friend). This is great for India. It also explains all the recent diplomatic traffic to India.
The site needs registration so here is a clip.
Speaking to a U.S.-European group in Brussels on May 26, Burns observed:
“The greatest change you will see in the next three or four years is a new American focus on South Asia, particularly in establishing a closer strategic partnership with India . . . If you look at all the trends — population, economic growth, foreign policy trends — there’s no question that India is the rising power in the East. . . . I think you’ll see this as a major focus of our president and our secretary of state, and it will be the area of greatest dynamic positive change in American foreign policy.”