According to International news, the U.S. seeks to transform India into a center for resupplying and maintenance of naval vessels in the South Asia region.
n particular, U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to comprehensive defense and economic partnerships.
The U.S.-India Major Defense Partnership has emerged as a pillar of global peace and security.
…the joint statement from the summit reads.
As explained, the U.S. will provide India with support to develop infrastructure that will be used to resupply, repair and maintain ships and aircraft.
We’ll have much more to follow in the near future, but the aim here is to make India a logistics hub for the United States and other partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
…said Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, to reporters in late June.
At present, Japan and Singapore serve as key naval hubs for the U.S. in Asia.
As explained, the Chinese navy has about 355 ships and submarines, making it the world’s largest numerically, according to the 2021 edition of the Pentagon’s annual report on China. If American vessels cannot spend more time at sea, then the U.S. will risk falling behind China in terms of naval capabilities, weakening deterrence.
Because the Indo-Pacific is defined by large stretches of water, many believe that conducting supply activities in the region during emergencies will prove more difficult than similar activities in Europe, with its land routes.
As informed, India, as a representative of the so-called Global South emerging and developing countries, is gaining a stronger role and voice in the international community.
On the security front, India appears to have shifted focus on relations to the West. Modi’s visit to Washington in June is evidence of this. India on Tuesday hosted the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, which was held in a virtual format out of consideration for the U.S.
But the basic theme of India’s diplomacy remains “strategic autonomy,” which entails working with other countries according to its own interests.