BEIJING: India’s military relations with the United States (US) were not conducive to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, Cheng Xizhong, visiting professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law and former Defense Attache in South Asian countries said.
“In my opinion the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between the United States and India is not of great significance. This is the fourth basic military agreement reached between the two countries since 2002,” the former UN Senior Military Observer said in a statement.
According to the BECA, the United States and India will share satellite and other sensor data. The American satellite technology is the most advanced in the world, but how much information and technology the United States will share with India depends on India’s strategic cooperation with the United States. The United States has very harsh conditions for giving technology to others.
Cheng said at the moment, defense relations between the United States and India were not very pragmatic. The United States wanted India to serve its “Indo-Pacific Strategy”.
“India wants to obtain advanced weapons and military technology from the United States. But so far, the United States has only approved about 20 billion US dollars of arms for India,” he said adding, “I feel that, to a large extent, India and the United States are using each other.”
He observed that India had very big ambitions and was good at playing games in international affairs. India believed that it was on an equal footing with the United States and wanted to become a big power in Asia and in the world.