India, US renew defence pact

Plans to boost maritime security may irritate China.

India, US renew defence pact; to pursue co-production projects

NEW DELHI: Vowing to take defence ties to a “new level”, India and the US today renewed their 10-year Defence Framework Agreement and agreed in principle to pursue joint development and production projects.

The new framework will enhance bilateral defence partnership by stepping up joint military exercises and through more in-depth intelligence-sharing, maritime security efforts among others.

“Today, we have also decided to take our growing defence cooperation to a new level. We have agreed, in principle, to pursue co-development and co-production of specific advanced defence projects,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after holding extensive talks with visiting US President Barack Obama here.

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