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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

INDO-US TALKS: An agenda for Hillary ahead of today’s Indo-US talks!

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Jul 19, 2011 /

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to India for the India-US Strategic Dialogue talks provides an opportunity for the US to take India’s pulse on China and to discuss new diplomatic and security initiatives that will contribute to maintaining a stable balance of power in Asia.
The US should demonstrate support for Indian military modernisation and enhanced US–Indian defence ties. Despite US disappointment over India’s decision to de-select two American companies from its Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition, the US is bound to conclude other major defence deals with India as it pursues an ambitious defence modernization campaign, which includes spending plans of around $35 billion over the next five years.

Indeed, this year, the two sides finalised a deal worth nearly $4 billion for the US to provide India with C-17 aircraft to give India the second-largest C-17 fleet in the world. Enhancing Indo–US cooperation in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region is also an area of mutual interest that is ripe for new initiatives.
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