ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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‘Foundational Agreements’ and Self-reliance

The assessment of the new military alliance should be informed by its implications for Indian armed forces.

India has signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), the last of the three “foundational military agreements” that would facilitate interoperability and ease of operations between the United States (US) and Indian armed forces. The process of inking the foundational agreements started in 2016 and has culminated just a few months prior to the culmination of Donald Trump’s presidency. 

China is certainly a big factor in bringing the two countries into a close military embrace, but more importantly, it is being guided by the technological and geopolitical changes currently shaping the contours of the new world order.

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Updated On : 10th Nov, 2020
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