India and the US have mentioned their flourishing defence partnership and alternatives for enhanced cooperation with like-minded companions to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific as officers from the 2 international locations held a gathering to put the groundwork for the important thing 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this yr, the Pentagon has stated. The assembly was co-chaired by Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and US Below Secretary of Defence for Coverage Colin Kahl on Friday.
The Pentagon stated that the sixteenth US-India Defence Coverage Group assembly laid the groundwork for an vital 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this yr, because the US and India opened a brand new chapter within the Main Defence Partnership. ”The Dialogue superior an formidable set of bilateral priorities — together with information-sharing, high-end maritime cooperation, logistics and defence commerce — reflective of the flourishing protection ties between america and India,” stated Protection Division Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Anton T Semelroth.
US and Indian officers exchanged views on regional problems with shared curiosity, together with in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Area, he stated. In addition they mentioned alternatives for enhanced cooperation with like-minded companions to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific, the official stated.
”The leaders bolstered their dedication to deepening joint cooperation and interoperability between the US and Indian militaries to work extra seamlessly collectively, together with strengthening cooperation in new defence domains, corresponding to area and cyber,” Semelroth added. The two+2 dialogue between India and the US can be held in November this yr, International Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had stated final month.
The final assembly of the two+2 was held in New Delhi and the subsequent assembly is to be hosted by the US. The dialogue takes place between international and defence ministers of either side. On September 24, US President Joe Biden hosted the first-ever in-person summit of Quad leaders that vowed to try for an Indo-Pacific area that’s free, open, inclusive, anchored by democratic values and unconstrained by coercion, sending an obvious message to China.
China claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims. China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in each the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has constructed up and militarised most of the islands and reefs it controls within the area. Each areas are acknowledged to be wealthy in minerals, oil and different pure assets and are additionally very important to international commerce.
At President Biden’ invitation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterparts Scott Morrison from Australia and Yoshihide Suga from Japan attended the primary in-person Quad summit throughout which they introduced a slew of recent initiatives to tackle frequent challenges, amidst muscle flexing by an assertive China within the strategic area. In 2016, america designated India as a Main Defence Accomplice.
Commensurate with this designation, in 2018, India was elevated to Strategic Commerce Authorisation tier 1 standing, which permits India to obtain license-free entry to a variety of navy and dual-use applied sciences regulated by the Division of Commerce. US-India protection commerce cooperation continues to develop with the Logistics Alternate Memorandum of Settlement, Communications, Compatibility and Safety Settlement and the Industrial Safety Settlement now in place.
The Bureau of Political-Navy Affairs supported the rise in whole protection commerce with India from close to zero in 2008 to over USD 20 billion in 2020, in response to the State Division.