South Asia and Beyond

India-U.S. Ties: BECA Seals Defence Triad

NEW DELHI: India and the U.S. have signed the last foundational agreement BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement), which allows for expanded geospatial information sharing between the two armed forces. Four other agreements were also reached at the third 2+2 ministerial meet between U.S. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and their Indian counterparts Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Dr S. Jaishankar in New Delhi.

Rear Admiral Sudarshan Y. Shrikhande (Retd.), former Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, Intelligence, who has held joint flag rank appointments and served as Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command and Nitin A. Gokhale, Founder and editor-in-Chief StratNews Global and BharatShakti analyse India-U.S. ties, especially the defence and foreign affairs partnership and what it means in relation to China, the region and the Indo-Pacific in this conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.

Amitabh P. Revi

Russian language speaker and conflict journalist. Amitabh Revi has been there, done that—from the battlefields of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to sublime Russia, Australia and the United States. Along the way he's picked up the Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship, the Ramnath Goenka award for coverage of the Iraq War and RT's Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria.

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