Kopar Khairane
Interenational

Pentagon: US will keep working to strengthen defense ties with India

<p>According to the Pentagon, the US greatly values its defense relations with India and will keep fostering cooperation with it in this field.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-221218″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-pentagon-us-will-keep-working-to-strengthen-defense-ties-with-india-images-2023-10.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com pentagon us will keep working to strengthen defense ties with india images 2023 10″ width=”1100″ height=”616″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-pentagon-us-will-keep-working-to-strengthen-defense-ties-with-india-images-2023-10.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-pentagon-us-will-keep-working-to-strengthen-defense-ties-with-india-images-2023-10-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1100px) 100vw, 1100px” title=”Pentagon: US will keep working to strengthen defense ties with India 9″></p>
<p>Pat Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, made the comments at a news conference held in this location on Thursday.</p>
<p>“We value our defense partnership with India a great deal. We are working to strengthen our defense ties with India, and I believe you will see us doing that in the future, according to Ryder.</p>
<p>Defense trade between India and the US was almost nonexistent in 1997, but it now exceeds USD 20 billion.</p>
<p>In response to a query, Ryder said that China continues to be the Department of Defense’s “pacing challenge”.</p>
<p>He said, “We do value the relationship that we have with India and other nations in the Indo-Pacific area when it comes to maintaining individual nations’ sovereignty and adhering to the international rules-based system that has maintained peace and stability for many years.</p>
<p>In light of China’s expanding military maneuvers in the area, the US, India, and a number of other global powers have been discussing the necessity to guarantee a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific.</p>
<p>Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam all have territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, but China claims almost all of it. In the South China Sea, Beijing has erected military outposts and artificial islands.</p>
<p>Days before to Ryder’s comments, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar visited the US capital and talked with key government figures, including Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.</p>
<p>Jaishankar and Austin had a fruitful talk with him during their meeting about expanding their bilateral defense collaboration, including the co-production of defense papers, and they also discussed several security-related topics.</p>

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