What Is the Future of India-US Defence Cooperation?

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

As Donald Trump is getting ready to become the next President of the United States, major changes are expected in the India-US defence relations.

In his pre-election promises, Trump had pledged to provide a protected environment to US companies. Going by his promises, the Trump administration will treat India only as a buyer country of the US defence gear.

As Trump has outlined his presidency plans, he said whether it is about producing steel, building cars, or curing disease, he wants the next generation of production and innovation to happen in the U.S.

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Meanwhile, the outgoing US Secretary of Defence, Ashton Carter, met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

Modi appreciated the contribution made by Secretary Carter in strengthening the defence cooperation between India and the United States.

Modi recalled his visit to the United States in June this year. He reaffirmed India’s commitment to a robust and strong bilateral strategic partnership with the US.

They also exchanged views on regional issues and the developments in the Asia Pacific region.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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