India is set to sign a military agreement with the United States for the sharing of sensitive satellite data as the two sides began a top-level security dialogue aimed at countering China’s growing power in the region.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper flew into New Delhi on Tuesday for talks with Indian.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lauded the strong partnership between the United States and India declaring it to be critical to the security and prosperity of both countries, the Indo-Pacific region, and the world.
US companies have sold India more than $21bn of weapons since 2007 and Washington has been urging the Indian government to sign agreements allowing for sharing of sensitive information and encrypted communications for better use of the high-end military equipment.
China has previously opposed such multilateral war games, seeing them as aimed against it.
After India, Pompeo will travel to Sri Lanka and Maldives, two Indian Ocean countries where China has financed and built various infrastructure, which has alarmed India and the US.