The Biden administration is deepening its navy and technical cooperation with India by not solely offering it with arms and tools, but in addition serving to New Delhi develop its personal protection industrial base, a senior Pentagon official informed lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday.
“We wish to … deepen our military-technical cooperation with India that’s primarily based on offering them arms and tools so we will construct interoperable forces and capabilities and work with India creating its personal protection industrial base in order that India is ready to produce tools to service their wants and to have the ability to work with us and others across the area,” Appearing Assistant Secretary of Protection for Indo-Pacific Safety Affairs David Helvey informed lawmakers.
India is an actual companion, a rising companion of the US, Helvey mentioned responding to a query from Congressman Doug Lamborn throughout a Congressional listening to on Indo-Pacific by the Home Armed Providers Committee. “Now we have a novel designation with India; it”s known as a serious protection companion,” he mentioned.
“One of many issues that we’re prioritising is methods to operationalise this protection partnership with India to have the ability to have a look at methods the place we will work collectively within the protection house in pursuit of frequent pursuits primarily based on our converging strategic curiosity,” he mentioned.
“I feel all of us agree that it must be a greater companion and a counterweight to China, so what’s the Biden administration plan to construct a stronger partnership with India each economically and militarily,” Congressman Lamborn requested.
“One of many issues we want to have the ability to do is constructed on a number of the foundational agreements that we’ve been in a position to conclude with India lately. Say for instance, with info safety or logistics preparations to the place we will share extra info with India so we will construct a typical strategic understanding of the kinds of threats that we face collectively.
“Take a look at how we will use our forces and Indian forces within the Indian Ocean area and past to have the ability to work collectively, whether or not it”s in maritime area consciousness or maritime safety or humanitarian help and catastrophe response,” Helvey mentioned.
Admiral Phil Davidson, Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, responding to the identical query mentioned that over the course of his tenure at INDOPACOM there was some alternative to cooperate within the maritime and to help a little bit bit in info sharing, some cold-weather gear, and issues like that with India”s challenges alongside the road of precise management.
“I feel it is gone a protracted solution to deepening our relationship and actually presents a key strategic alternative I feel, for the US,” he mentioned.
In his ready testimony, Helvey mentioned that in South Asia, America’s Main Protection Partnership with India continues to deepen as the 2 nations construct interoperability by more and more complicated workouts and rising protection commerce, and thru expanded info sharing and safe communications to deal with problems with shared concern.
“With the completion of all foundational agreements, the partnership is now poised to speed up. We are also pursuing rising partnerships with Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and the Maldives to work cooperatively to make sure the area stays free and open,” he mentioned.