The US wants greater access to Indian markets and a limited trade deal, hammered out in the Biden era, will enhance relations between the two nations as strategic partners in a multipolar world.
The next US administration may make a few noises about Kashmir and human rights but the convergence of geo-strategic interests between India and the US and strong bipartisan support for a closer diplomatic engagement will ensure that the relationship continues to gather strength.
Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla reiterates that New Delhi’s association with Washington currently extends across a range of issues from defence and security; tech and innovation; trade and investments and people to people contacts. Irrespective of the political dispensation in the US, or in New Delhi, the relationship between the two countries would continue to be robust.
The third meeting of the Indian and US Defence and Foreign Ministers in New Delhi recently concluded the last foundational agreement to bring the defence forces of the two countries closer and sent a strong message to Beijing on its expansionist ambitions.
While bilateral ties have grown substantially in every domain, the basic building blocks of an India-US defence partnership are now solidly in place.
The Strategic Energy Partnership between New Delhi and Washington has emerged as one of the most important components of the larger strategic convergence between the two countries. This engagement is helping India balance the imperatives of development with the need to protect the environment.
The accord, when it materialises, could turn the economies of both countries on its head. Even a limited trade deal can both the markets of both countries.
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