US supports modernisation of Indian Army, Navy
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The US has come out in strong support of modernisation efforts of Indian Army and Navy, calling it a "good investment" as India contributes to peacekeeping across the world and stability of Asia-Pacific.
"We would certainly have an interest in security and stability across the Asia-Pacific region," US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said.
His remarks came in response to a question after he delivered his remarks on 'The United States and India: A Vital Relationship in a Changing World' at the Center for American Progress.
Burns' statement in support of Indian military modernisation assume significance as they have come at a time when the United States has expressed its concerns about the modernisation of the Chinese military and navy and sought more transparency on the part of Beijing in this regard.
"... whether it's China or India or the United States, looking out over the next few years, each of us obviously have a lot of very important domestic priorities to sort through in terms of economic modernisation ...and that gives us, I think, a common interest in a stable external environment," he said.
"And what that means is that each of the key playersacross the region can make security contributions to that to ensure, for example, that maritime commerce is preserved. So that's why the modernisation of the Indian navy or the Indian military in general is a good investment, I think, in that kind of stable Asia-Pacific," Burns said.
It is "a good investment" in India's contributions to peacekeeping around the world and its ability to respond to disasters or catastrophes that occur, he said.
"And so for all those reasons we think it's in our interest to deepen that defence partnership with India," he said in response to another question.
"The only other thing I'd add is that I think it's important to measure it not just in terms of defence sales – you know, we've done about USD8 billion worth of sales in
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