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America-India Relations following Imran Khan's meeting with Trump

US-Indian Relations: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. How Trump’s recent comments on Kashmir influence US-India relations

While US President Donald Trump’s meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan helped to bring a process of normalisation in US-Pakistani ties and provided optimism for both sides, it sent a negative signal to India, as Trump’s comments on Kashmir directly contradict India’s long-standing position, that has been that Kashmir is a bilateral issue that needs to be negotiated directly between India and Pakistan. Since the meeting, India has denied that PM Narendra Modi asked US President Donald Trump to mediate in the longstanding Kashmir conflict with Pakistan. This unexpected downturn briefly threatened to harm U.S.-India relations, which is already facing a number of other drawbacks. For instance, India’s decision to buy the S-400 air defense missile from Russia sets them up for the U.S. Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), even though India felt that the capabilities that it was acquiring with the missile were too important for it to give in to the U.S. objections about buying the missile.

2. US economic impact on India

India’s economic relationship with the US has been at the heart of its economic growth in recent times and a crucial enabling factor for it. India now wants to continue to utilise this relationship and grow economic ties in its ambitious mission to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024. Secretary-General of CUTS International, Pradeep Mehta, added that India can balance the current world order by engaging deeper with the US. A big part of this interaction is military sales, which will be examined in the next point.

3. US approves the mass military sale to India

As part of its efforts to enhance India’s defence capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region, the Trump Administration notified the Congress on Friday of its decision to approve foreign military sales worth $670 million to support India’s C-17 military transport aircraft. “India needs this follow-on support to maintain its operational readiness and ability to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) assistance in the region,” the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement. It appears that the US has placed its trust in India to serve its interests in the reason, which displays a positive growth of US-India cooperation.

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