One week before the US presidential elections, the United States and India signed a new agreement to increase military intelligence sharing.
In New Delhi, the US defense minister said the Indo-US partnership was the key to regional security.
“**On the basis of our values and our common interests, we stand in solidarity to support a free Indo-Pacific open to all, said Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defense. Particularly in light of the growing aggression and destabilizing activities of China. ”**
This American visit to India is seen as a way to highlight Donald Trump’s tough stance on Beijing, which has been one of the cornerstones of his administration’s foreign policy. India itself has strained relations with Beijing, around the disputed border with China in the Himalayas.