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US will continue efforts to strengthen defense partnership with India: Pentagon

Washington. The Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Defense Ministry, said on Friday that the US appreciates the defense relationship with India and will continue efforts to strengthen the partnership with India in the region. Pentagon Press Secretary Pat Rader said this to reporters here on Thursday.

He said, “We greatly appreciate the relationship with India at the defense level. The US will continue to strive to maintain a strong defense partnership with India and I think that is something that you will see moving forward.” Defense trade between India and the US was almost negligible in 1997 but today it stands at more than US$20 billion. Is of more.

Responding to a question, Reder said China remains a “constant challenge” for the Defense Ministry. He said, “We appreciate the United States’ partnership with India and other countries in the Indo-Pacific region when it comes to protecting a country’s sovereignty and the international rules-based order. It is because of these arrangements that peace and stability has been maintained for many years. America, India and many other powerful countries emphasize the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific in view of China’s increasing military power in the Indo-Pacific region. Have been giving.

China claims almost the entire disputed South China Sea as its territory, while Taiwan, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam also claim the South China Sea as their territory. China has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea to strengthen its claim. The Pentagon Press Secretary’s statement comes after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited the US a few days ago and met top US officials, including Defense Minister Lloyd Austin. During this meeting, there were fruitful talks between Jaishankar and Austin on deepening bilateral defense cooperation including co-production of defense equipment.

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