U.S.-India: A Significant Partnership on the Heels of China’s Rise

Defense Secretary Ash Carter left India on Tuesday after a three-day trip focused on deepening ties to the country that has been eyed as the significant counterweight to China in the region. With the US and India agreeing to strengthen maritime security cooperation and in principle to share military logistics, what’s next for the relationship Carter has said is “destined to be one of the most significant partnerships of the 21st century?”

While Carter’s visit did not catapult the countries’ relationship to such heights just yet, experts told The Cipher Brief it will help lay the groundwork in the areas of maritime security, defense technology and strategy to further boost U.S.-India ties in the face of a rising China.

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