US Senate passes a law to give India NATO ally-like status.

US Senate passes a law to give India NATO ally-like status.

July 6, 2019.

US Senate passes a law to give India NATO ally-like status. In this World of modernization, India has achieved vast progress in every field. India comes in the category of developing countries. At present, there are two countries who are developing very fast in the World–among them one is China and the other is India. Both countries have proved that their economic growth continually increasing day by day. Today we will talk about India.

Today is the World of science and technology and India proved itself economically and powerfully in front of the World. Due to this, most of the developed and powerful countries of the World are in a move to build big and important partnerships with India. Keeping in view all this, India is now on a par with America’s NATO allies Japan, Australia, and South Korea because the US Senate passed a bill in a key move to increase defence partnership including transfer advanced technology. 

The proposal to bring India with NATO ally was proposed by the National Defense Authorisation Act or NDAA for the current fiscal 2020. A bill has been placed to bring India with NATO ally had been reported by ET. A meeting was held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in Osaka and both discuss this thing there. This thing also came into light during the visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to New Delhi. 

The legislation was introduced by Senate India Caucus Co-Chair Senator John Cornyn with the support of Senate India Caucus Co-Chair Senator Mark Warner, which provides for increased US-India defence cooperation in the Indian Ocean in the areas of humanitarian assistance, counterterrorism, counter-piracy, and maritime security. This development will become a milestone in the progress of the country because India can flourish its growth in these sectors.

The US India relationship would greatly enhance in the light that House India Caucus Co-Chair Brad Sherman, along with Congressmen Joe Wilson, Ami Bera, Ted Yoho, George Holding, Ed Case, and Raja Krishnamoorthi introduced a similar legislative proposal FY2020 NDAA in the last week. When both the chambers of the US Congress the House of Representatives and the Senate pass it then the bill would be signed into law. The House is expected to take up its version of the NDAA later this month before legislators adjourn for the month-long August recess on July 29. 

The defence budget passed by the Senate said: “It is the sense of the Senate that the United States should strengthen and enhance its major defence partnership with India.” The budget also listed six specific actions which were wanted from the administration of the US President Donald Trump’s to take. The Trump administration directed by the Senate to explore “additional steps to implement the major defence partner designation to better facilitate interoperability, information sharing, and appropriate technology transfers” and to undertake “strategic initiatives to help develop the defence capabilities of India”. 

There was another important move by the Senate to strengthen the relationships between the US and India. The move is in the way to flourish the defence system of India. The Senate also urged for “increasing the frequency and scope of exchanges” between senior civilian officials and military officers “to support the development and implementation of the major defence partnership”. India and the US have many joint exercises in the past from time to time to improve the defence system of both countries. Joint exercises have been holding by India and the US in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean regions, the Senate urged to hold more such exercises not only in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean regions but conduct them in the Persian Gulf also. 

There is one more move to promote dialogue not only with the US but with other countries like Japan and Australia also. The dialogue depends upon the shared democratic values and commitment to free navigation, another suggestion in the budget document is to increase engagement with India in multilateral frameworks “to promote regional security and defend shared values and common interests in the rules-based order”. It said there is one more suggestion of quadrilateral dialogue among the US, India, Japan, and Australia should be enhanced to promote defence partnerships among them.

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