US and India strengthen military alliance amid tensions with China

US and India strengthen military alliance amid tensions with China

India and United States today strengthen their military alliance by signing an agreement to exchange satellite data, which will allow New Delhi to achieve greater accuracy in handling missiles or drones

The signing of this agreement takes place in a period of growing tensions between India and China, but also of deteriorating relations between Beijing and Washington.

The signature took place on the third round of India – USA 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue, which was attended by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense of The United States, Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper, respectively.

US officials met with Indian counterparts, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.

“It is important to highlight that today we have reached a significant milestone with the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), the last of the basic defense agreements”, said Esper, in a press conference.

The Secretary of Defense underlined that this alliance with India is due to “shared values ​​and common interests”, among which he highlighted the “support for a free and open Pacific for all, in particular regarding China’s increasing aggressions and destabilizing activities” .

BECA agreement joins three other security pacts signed between India and US.

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