India and the United States have signed a military agreement to share sensitive satellite information between Delhi-Beijing tensions on the border. This type of satellite information is considered important for hitting missiles, drones and other pre-determined targets. The agreement was announced after a high-level meeting in Delhi on Tuesday. Experts say that strengthening relations between India and the US means dealing with China’s influence in the region. This information has been known from the British media BBC report.
US Defense Minister Mark Aspar has met Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. On the other hand, there was a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar. After these meetings in Delhi, the signing of the defense agreement between the two countries was announced.
On Tuesday, India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that in the last two decades, our bilateral relations have been continuously improving in material, dimensional and meaningful aspects. He also mentioned that the two countries would be able to engage more closely on issues of national security through dialogue.
The US has signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement on Geopolitical Cooperation (BECA) with a handful of close allies. The agreement will provide sensitive geophysical and aeronautical information to India for military action.
The two countries have also signed agreements on nuclear power, soil science and alternative medicine. However, the most important of these agreements is BECA.
India signed the agreement with the United States at a time when the country’s army is facing off against the Chinese army on the Ladakh border. Last June, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clashes between the two sides. Since then, there have been several rounds of negotiations to resolve tensions, but boundary stresses have not been resolved.
In addition, relations between the United States and China have soured in recent months. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized China’s role in combating coronoviruses. Washington has also reacted strongly to Beijing on Hong Kong’s new security law.