The United States has openly supported India on its border dispute with China

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

 The United States has openly supported India on its border dispute with China

  • The United States has openly supported India over its border dispute with China.

  • In recent days, clashes between Indian and Chinese forces on the Line of Actual Control (LOAC) in the Gulwan Valley of Ladakh have resulted in the deaths of several Indian soldiers.
  • Tensions have been high since the clash, with China blaming India for the LOAC.
  • On the other hand, India and the United States have signed a satellite access agreement to counter China's military might.
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Asper arrived in New Delhi on Monday to sign the agreement, where they met with senior officials, including the Indian Prime Minister.
  • Today, the US Secretary of State and the US Secretary of Defense met with their Indian counterparts SJ Shankar and Rajnath Singh to sign the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) and threatened China.
  • On the occasion, US Secretary of Defense Mark Asper said that China stands shoulder to shoulder with India against its attempts to destabilize the region and aggression.
  • The US Secretary of State also announced that the United States would defend India's sovereignty.
  • Criticizing China, he added that the Chinese Communist Party, the ruling party of China, was also discussed in the meeting with Indian officials, which lacked democracy, rule of law and transparency.

What is  BECA?

  • Significant defense agreements have been signed between the United States and India and this agreement is considered important for India's supremacy in the region.
  • BICA is the fourth and final basic defense agreement between the United States and India. The two countries have previously signed the overall Security and Military Information Agreement (2002), the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (2016), and therefore the Communication Competitiveness and Security Agreement (2018).
  • Under BECA, India will have access to various aerial and field data aimed at countering China's military might.
  • Under the agreement, India and the United States will be able to exchange maps, nautical and aeronautical charts, commercial and other non-sensitive images, geophysical, geomagnetic and gravity data.
  • Under the agreement, the United States will exchange sensitive satellite and sensor data with India, which will enable India to skillfully target its military targets.
  • In addition, India will be able to monitor the movement of Chinese warships in the Indian Ocean.
  • Access to satellite data will also help India improve the performance of missiles and drones.


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