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Biden-Modi Summit: The Engines Of High-Tech & Defence To Propel India-U.S.Ties

New Delhi: On ‘Talking Point’, Seema Sirohi, Columnist, ‘The Economic Times’ and Author, ‘Friends with Benefits: The India-U.S. Story’ and Nitin A. Gokhale, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, StratNews Global, BharatShakti and Interstellar.news, both in Washington, D.C., discuss Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s U.S. visit and the state summit with President Joe Biden, in this conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.

The panel discusses the outcomes outlined in the joint statement including, “the trailblazing initiative” in “the landmark signing of an MoU between General Electric and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the manufacture of GE F-414 jet engines in India, for the HAL Light Combat Aircraft Mk 2”, with both leaders committing their governments “to support the advancement of this unprecedented co-production and technology transfer proposal, India’s plans “to procure General Atomics MQ-9B HALE UAVs, which will be assembled in India, and as a part of which,”General Atomics will also establish a Comprehensive Global MRO(maintainance, repair and overhaul) facility in India in support of India’s long-term goals to boost indigenous defence capabilities”, GE CEO Vivek Lall describing it as a “breakthrough moment for the India-U.S. partnership and General Atomics is pleased to be a major contributor in taking it to the next level”, India and the U.S. collaborating to send an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station in 2024, the ‘Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology’ (iCET),the announcement by Micron Technology, Inc., to invest up to $825 million(with a combined investment valued at $2.75 billion) to build a new semiconductor assembly and test facility in India, the PM’s address to the joint session of the U.S. Congress, Ithe trajectory of India-U.S. ties and the hesitations of history, the Quad, and dealing with the China challenge.

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