Obama in India for start of Asian tour

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Mumbai, India (CNN) — U.S. President Barack Obama struck a defiant tone in the first speech of his trip to India, saying Saturday that his stay at the Mumbai hotel attacked by terrorists two years ago is “absolutely” intended to send a message.

“We visit here to send a very clear message that, in our determination to give our people a future of security and prosperity, the United States and India stand united,” Obama said at Mumbai’s famous Taj Mahal Palace hotel, which came under siege in November 2008.

A few hours later, as the president spoke with business leaders in Mumbai, the White House showcased a list of trade deals negotiated with India that will net both money and jobs for U.S. businesses.

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