India US Military Partnership Growing Closer Amid China’s Aggression
India and the United States have agreed in principle to share military logistics according to latest report from Reuters news agency. This step has been taken because of the maritime assertiveness of China in South China Sea and Indian ocean. Washington has been after India for a long time to sign the Logistics Support Agreement that allows the two militaries to use each other's land, air and naval bases for resupplies, repair and rest. Also the two countries would also soon conclude a commercial shipping information exchange agreement. Also New Delhi is in dire need to modernize its military and wants to access US technology for its "Make in India" plans to build a domestic defence industrial base and cut expensive arms imports.
It has taken India a long time to even agree in principal but the actual signing of this treaty might take some more time. Ashton Carter who is U.S Defense Secretary after meeting Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said "We have agreed in principle that all the issues are resolved. We now need to finalise the draft." However India’s main concern have always been any such agreement will which will be beneficial to Indian military could draw it into a military alliance with the United States and undermine its traditional autonomy.
But the reality is India’s past foreign policy thinking are simply not practical at present because with an assertive China expanding its influence in the South China Sea and into the Indian Ocean, who also happens to be a close ally of India's arch rival, Pakistan. China has used its vito power in the U.N recently to stop India from banning Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohamed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar stating "Individuals and organisations on the sanctions list of the United Nations would have to meet the requirements. It is the responsibility of all the members of the Council to make sure that each requirement is followed."