GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India now a ‘major defence partner’

The Hindu

Issue

  • India-US relations.

Key points

  • US now considers India as its ‘major defence partner.’
  • This classification will allow India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from the U.S.
  • This move will be complemented by India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime, an exclusive club that restricts trade in sensitive defence technologies.
  • US has also shown its support for India’s membership into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
  • According to a joint statement released by both the countries, India will receive licence-free access to a wide range of dual-use technologies.
  • However, there was difference of opinion between the countries over the time-frame of ratification of Paris Treaty by India.
  • US understands that India will ratify it by the end of this year.
  • Whereas Indian diplomats have hinted that India has not given any deadline for the ratification. It has said, that it will ratify it ‘as soon as possible’.

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