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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

US, India Sign Defense Pact Amid China Row

India has inked a military deal with the US for sharing of sensitive satellite data amid tensions with China on the Himalayan border.

India has inked the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), a military deal with the US for sharing of sensitive satellite data amid tensions with China on the Himalayan border.

The said deal was signed in New Delhi and was attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Indian Defense Secretary Rajnath Singh, and Indian PM Narendra Modi. 

“The defense ties between our two nations remains a key pillar of our overall bilateral relationship. Based on our shared values and common interests, we stand shoulder to shoulder in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific for all, particularly in light of increasing aggression and destabilizing activities by China,” said Esper during the event.

The deal would give India access to topographical, nautical, and aeronautical data for missile and drone testing.

The US would also provide navigational aids and avionics on US-supplied aircraft to India.

India and the US will also be participating in the upcoming Malabar drills, which will be held in the Indian Ocean next month with other members of the Quad along with Japan and Australia.

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