The United States will continue to foster a stronger defence partnership with India, the Pentagon said on Friday.
“We very much appreciate our relationship with India on a defence level. We continue to foster a stronger defence partnership with India and that is something that I think you’ll continue to see us do going forward,” Pentagon Press Secretary Pat Ryder told reporters at a news conference here.
In 1997, defence trade between India and the US was almost negligible, today it stands above USD 20 billion.
Responding to a question, Ryder said China remains the “pacing challenge” for the Department of Defense.
“We do appreciate the partnership that we have with India and other countries in the Indo-Pacific region when it comes to preserving individual nations’ sovereignty and abiding by the international rules-based order that has preserved peace and stability for many years,” he said.
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