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India-US 2+2 is a force multiplier; here’s why

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24.09.2018

The India-US relationship has matured in the last decade, to become one of the most defining partnerships of the future, with a foreseeable impact on the global economy, trade and geopolitical stability. In the past few years, our bilateral ties with the US have evolved into a ‘global strategic partnership’, with both countries taking remarkable strides to promote economic partnership and international peace, based on our shared democratic values and increasing convergence of interests on bilateral, regional and global issues.

India to play a key role in US South Asia strategy

As India emerges as a key player in the Indo-Pacific geopolitical axis, greater cooperation in defence will dominate the next level of engagement between the two countries. Last year’s visit to the US by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ushered a mutually-beneficial association. In fact, India’s movement into tier-1 of the Strategic Trade Authorization and conditional exemption from sanctions imposed under CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) clearly signify our position as a ‘major defence partner’ for the US.

The US and India’s focus on enhancing strategic consultations on defence and foreign policy issues through the first-of-its-kind ‘2 2 Dialogue’, held on September 6 between the highest ranking foreign and defence........

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