New Delhi: While in the visit to India by the Ashton Carter- a United States Defense Secretary, today on 12th April, he disclosed that after having discussion, both India and United States have agreed in the principle to share military logistics, as both sides seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China.
It was seen that the Washington has been urging New Delhi to sign the Logistics Support Agreement which will be allowing the two militaries to use the land, air and naval bases of each other for resupplies, repair and rests.
It was also seen that after years of dithering, both the sides of an agreement said although not yet ready for signing.
Now, after finishing his talks with the Indian Defence Minister- Manohar Parrikar, who was seemed inviting the said US Defence Secretary to India, the said Ashton Carter said that both of them have agreed in the principle that “all the issues are resolved” and now they are in “need to finalise the draft”.
It was noted that the New Delhi, was having concerns that when the said logistic agreement will be brought into operation, the same will be draw it into the military alliance with the United States and undermine its traditional autonomy.
However, the administration of the Prime Minister- Narendra Modi faced with an assertive China expanding its influence in the South China Sea and into the Indian Ocean, and this has signalled the desire to draw closer to the United States.
Moreover, it is also notable that for the Prime Minister of India- Modi’s “Make in India” plans to build a domestic defence industrial base and cut expansive arms imports, the New Delhi is keen to access the technology of the United States.
While so, the American Defence Secretary- Ashton Carter also found stated in his statements that now in future, soon the United States and India would also conclude a commercial shipping information exchange agreement.
The said US Defence Secretary- Carter came in India in an official visit on the invitation of Manohar Parrikar on 10th day of April.