For the United States, India represents a strategic challenge in terms of defence, particularly with regard to controlling the rise of Chinese military forces. Not only are India and China the two largest economic and demographic powers on the continent, but they share more than 3000 km of land borders.
In addition, New Delhi has a powerful conventional army, and a significant nuclear force. Indeed, in many ways, India is Washington's key to keeping the Chinese threat under control for decades to come.
There is therefore nothing surprising in the fact that the United States is making very significant efforts to forge solid ties with the country, and is increasing official meetings on this subject.
This was particularly the case at the beginning of the week on the occasion of a quick visit by the American Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, in order to meet his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh to give impetus to a new plan which is intended to be very ambitious plan to increase technological cooperation through a new defense industrial partnership between the two countries.
According to the American press release, Washington and New Delhi have thus agreed to very significantly increase their collaboration in this field, whether to design and produce existing equipment, and to undertake new joint developments, in many fields ranging from aerial combat to submarine warfare, including intelligence and surveillance technologies.
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