India, according to a recent report will be treated as Nato-ally trading partner of the United States, in the Indo-Pacific region.
US secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross made this announcement earlier this week. Mostly on the field of high-tech defence and non-defence products that are otherwise subjected to strict controls, and licensing.
On the announcement, Wilbur asserted that the US have granted India Strategic Trade Authorisation status STA-1 that is a very important status under our export control regime and acknowledges US-India security and economic relationship.
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The move, which will reduce the number of license needed for US exports to India, means India can get easy access to the latest defence technologies. It could also mean a leg up for the foundational COMCASA agreement, which the US is keen to get India to sign, analysts say.
The communications, compatibility and security Agreement, is one of the three agreements that the US has with its closet military allies, and will allow the installation of high-security US communication equipment on defence being sold to India, there-by, the US access to sensitive military communication if it signs the agreement.
At the same forum, the US secretary of state Mike Pompero had earlier announced a $113 million in new US initiatives for promoting investments in infrastructure, energy and digital economy in the Indo-Pacific, tracing America’s links to the region to 1794 when it set up consular presence in the then Calcutta, now Kolkata.
Pompeo unveiled that the Trump administration’s Indo-Pacific economic vision as an alternative to China’s one-belt–one-road initiative, without naming the country directly. But the pitch was clear, as he emphasised that the US and its ally trying to make an axis over Indian Ocean region. Their main target is to reduced business transaction with China and Pakistan.
It was also reported that the White House has said that if Pakistan does not stop privileges given to terrorist and terror group then the US will pull out all the trading support from the country.
To establish this decision they need support of India and Indian Ocean region. Keeping this in mind the US extended their support to Delhi and made them a NATO-ally trading partner.