Amid the stalemate on the India-China border, Washington recently authorized arms sales to Taiwan, which is also experiencing rising tensions with Beijing as the Chinese Communist Party – which claims Taiwan, democratically ruled, as part of its territory – has steadily increased its diplomatic and military pressure on it. BECA is the latest of four basic defense agreements between the two countries, which allow for a much higher level of military cooperation in the fields of defense technology, interoperability and production. The signing of BECA will enable India and the United States to act together and be in a better position to shape the regional and global environment for peace and stability. However, the two countries should not glorify this signing, because these agreements are not an end in themselves, but a means to achieve a greater end – the security and prosperity of their citizens. BECA has been under negotiation for more than a decade, with the UPA government concerned about whether this would undermine India`s national security. However, it was under the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh that India increased US defenses. Over the past 13 years, the two countries have concluded defense operations worth $20 billion. The pact, which will allow the two countries to exchange military information and strengthen their defence partnership, will likely be signed in the third round of the 2+2 dialogue on Tuesday. . .

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