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U.S. Hopes for Pacific Cooperation with India
May 20, 2014

The United States hopes to be able to expand naval cooperation with India once a new government is in place in New Delhi. The United States would like to see this cooperation extend to India's participation in exercises in the Western Pacific region, where an increasingly powerful China is becoming more assertive.

According to a Washington think tank, “There’s a strategic partnership and opportunity up there with India that is emerging. Our goal would be to get back to where we were in mid-2000s. We were doing very comprehensive events. We were doing carrier operations together, very complex, integrated and it would be great if we could get back to that level. Then maybe India would be willing to come over to Western Pacific."

U.S. officials say, plans to expand naval cooperation with India ended up on a back burner during a long-running row between New Delhi and the USA over the treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York and in the run-up to India's election. 

Now, Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party won a resounding victory in the election. The scale of the win, which gave Narendra Modi India's strongest mandate in 30 years, will assure him greater control over the country's security agenda, and India may finally be able to deal with overseas rivals from a position of strength.

 

 


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