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US To Partner With India Over Arms, AI To Counter China

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USA is initiating a partnership with India which according to President Joe Biden will support the countries in challenging China with military equipment, semiconductors and artificial intelligence.

The partnership aims at challenging China’s Huawei Technologies in India by spreading more and more Western mobile networks here. The partnership also hopes to see specialists in computer chips from India to work in the US and both the countries collaborating on military equipment like artillery systems. 

However, the US has some issues to face at home, such as limitations on military technology transfer and visas for immigrant workers. Apart from this another issue that the US faces is long-time export of military equipment in India from Russia. 

To initiate the partnership between two of the biggest economies, India and US, Indian national security advisor Ajit Doval and his American counterpart Jake Sullivan met with the senior officials from both countries in Washington on Tuesday and launched the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies.

The initiative also consists of a dual effort on space and high-performance quantum computing.

Doval and Sullivan took part in a Chamber of Commerce event along with corporate leaders from Lockheed Martin Corp, Adani Enterprises and Applied Materials Inc. 

“The larger challenge posed by China – its economic practices, its aggressive military moves, its efforts to dominate the industries of the future and to control the supply chains of the future – have had a profound impact on the thinking in Delhi,” Sullivan said.

Indian NSA Doval’s Washington DC’s three-day visit ends on Wednesday and during this time he will meet US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. 

The US has clashed with India on a few issues like India’s participation with Russia in military exercises, its purchases of Russia’s crude oil in excess amount, particularly when this is used as funds for war in Ukraine. However, the US has made India aware about its intentions and accepted the latter’s war-like policies on China.  

India has also partnered with the US on Joe Biden government’s key Asian engagement project which is, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) but India has chosen against joining the IPEF trade pillar negotiations. 

Meanwhile, according to the White House, which claims a review is in progress, General Electric Co. is asking the US government for authorization to develop jet engines with India that would power Indian-made and -operated aircraft.

The US government will swiftly assess General Electric’s proposal, according to New Delhi, and the two nations would concentrate on producing “essential goods of mutual interest” in defense jointly.

The two nations also agreed to create a task force with the India Semiconductor Mission, the India Electronics Semiconductor Association (IESA), and the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) to support the growth of semiconductor ecosystems. They also established a quantum technology coordination mechanism.

The statement from India said, NASA and India’s space programme will collaborate on a variety of projects, including human spaceflight potential.

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