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New military agreement between India and US threatens New Delhi neutrality against Beijing

In a news story by the South China Morning Post, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper are due to travel to New Delhi for talks with their respective Indian counterparts, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh, next Monday and Tuesday.

The two sides have already signed three other military agreements, and the fourth, the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Intelligence (BECA), is pending approval on the Indian side. The document allows the United States to share high-quality topographic, nautical and aeronautical data that will assist India in navigation and missile selection. Thus, neutrality with the Chinese neighbor takes a back seat.

Although India has displaced thousands of troops over the past five months to the border stalemate with China in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas, strategic decisions have so far been slowed down, as there is fear of the Beijing counterattack.

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