Communist Party Opposes India’s Military Alliance with US

Ashton Carter calling on Narendra Modi in New Delhi on December 08, 2016
Ashton Carter calling on Narendra Modi in New Delhi on December 08, 2016

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) – CPI (M) – has opposed India’s military alliance with the United States (US).

In a statement issued Friday, the CPI (M) said that the Narendra Modi government has taken yet another step in entangling India in a military alliance with the US.

The Party said the terms for India being accorded the status of a Major Defence Partner of the US has been finalised during the visit of the US Secretary of Defence Asthon Carter.

The status of a Major Defence Partner is equivalent to that of the close military allies of the United States such as Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Japan, and South Korea.

“Coming in the wake of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), this new agreement will further encroach upon India’s sovereignty and strategic autonomy,” CPI (M) said. “The CPI(M) is strongly opposed to such military collaborations.”

The Modi government has not made the text of these agreement public. It is imperative that these agreements which have vital implications for India’s national interests and sovereignty be made available to the people, CPI(M) suggested.

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