Signing a new defense agreement to exchange intelligence, satellite data, and sensitive maps. The meeting was considered by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as an opportunity for rapprochement between two great democracies.
For his part, Defense Minister Mark Esper affirmed his country’s intention to sell F-18s and drones to India, and it would provide navigational assistance and advanced avionics, which would reduce its dependence on Russia.
The agreement provides India with access to a range of topographic, sea and air data that are vital to targeting missiles and armed drones.
The annual strategic dialogue between the United States and India this year comes at a time of heightened tension in the region, as Indian forces confront Chinese forces on their disputed borders in the Himalayas.
Secretary Pompeo, by the way, blamed the Chinese Communist Party, making it clear that it is not a friend of democracy, rule of law, and transparency, and warned of the growing threat posed by China.
The two sides agreed to support the principles of the Indo-Pacific region, free and open in the future, and freedom of navigation in international seas.
Pompeo is trying to support America’s allies to counter China’s growing influence in the region. China rejected Pompeo’s accusations.
The Americans want to strengthen an informal strategic grouping structure, which includes the United States, Australia, India and Japan, as this group is a tool to address the Chinese influence, especially the Chinese Navy.
India agreed that, in November, Australia would participate in important exercises off the Indian coast for the first time since 2007, which are “Malabar” exercises, which usually include India, the United States and Japan.
After India, Pompeo will head to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, where Chinese investments and their growing influence worries Washington and New Delhi, and from there to Indonesia.
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