South Asia Monitor: U.S.-India Defense Relations: Strategic Perspectives - April 4, 2007
April 4, 2007
Aero India 2007, India’s biennial aerospace exhibition,witnessed some 400 aviation companies from 33 countries competing fiercely for coveted Indian defense deals. U.S. presence at the show, the largest international presence represented, was seen as yet another indication that strategic relations between India and the United States continue to strengthen. The two countries share some important strategic priorities, including their views of Indian Ocean and Asian security. However, they have fairly different outlooks on the Middle East and in some respects on China, issues that will require more serious discussion. How this relationship develops in the next decade or so will hinge on careful management and long-term thinking by both New Delhi and Washington.