Kevin Knodell writes at The Week that in response to the rising Chinese influence in the South China Sea and a troubled relationship with Chinese-allied Pakistan, the United States is building new ties with India.

He notes that the US has surpassed Russia as India’s largest military supplier, that Indian special forces recently participated in joint exercises at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recently “discussed the possibility of sharing technology to help New Delhi build its first domestically produced aircraft carrier INS Vishal .”

US and Indian delegations met May 16 to discuss even greater mutual cooperation according to Knodell:

“Washington and New Delhi are also close to formalizing a historic military cooperation agreement hazily called the “Logistics Support Agreement”  —  or LSA. The agreement would allow the two militaries to use each other’s land, air, and naval bases for resupplies, repairs, and conducting operations.”

A press release from India’s Ministry of External Affairs confirmed the meeting:

“The dialogue covered issues of mutual interest, including exchange of perspectives on maritime security development in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region as well as prospects for further strengthening cooperation between India and the United States in this regard.”

Read the whole piece here.

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