“congress strongly sup­ports an en­hanced de­fence re­la­tion­ship between the united states and in­dia.” — James Mat­tis, us De­fense sec­re­tary

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What is your view of the cur­rent state of the US-In­dia se­cu­rity re­la­tion­ship? In­dia is the worlds largest democ­racy, and our re­la­tion­ship with it is of the ut­most im­por­tance. In my view, and par­tic­u­larly on se­cu­rity and de­fence is­sues, the Us-In­dia re­la­tion­ship has been strength­ened in re­cent years. Co­op­er­a­tion on de­fence trade and tech­nol­ogy has grown to the ben­e­fit of both coun­tries un­der the De­fence Tech­nol­ogy and Trade Ini­tia­tive. I also be­lieve that In­dias act east-pol­icy al­lows it to play a greater role in con­tribut­ing to se­cu­rity in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion. What would be your strat­egy for bol­ster­ing the over­all de­fence re­la­tion­ship between our two coun­tries? Which ar­eas would you fo­cus on? If con­firmed, what spe­cific pri­or­i­ties would you es­tab­lish for this re­la­tion­ship? Us pol­icy should con­tinue to pur­sue a long-term strate­gic re­la­tion­ship with In­dia based on the con­ver­gence of our in­ter­ests and our shared demo­cratic val­ues. I note that the United States and In­dia re­cently ce­mented In­dia’s sta­tus as a ma­jor de­fence part­ner. If con­firmed, I would as­sess what par­tic­u­lar ar­eas in the bi­lat­eral se­cu­rity re­la­tion­ship I should fo­cus on, and what steps can be taken to bol­ster the over­all de­fence re­la­tion­ship.

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