In the framework of the 2+2 dialogue, the two sides discussed a wide range of critical issues, including ways to further strengthen the already close ties between the militaries of the two countries, as well as broader issues of mutual interest in the Indo-Pacific region. At the third edition of the 2+2 dialogue between the two strategic partners, the signing of the Long-Term Negotiations of the Basic Cooperation and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) also demonstrates a strengthening of bilateral defence and military relations and is part of India`s tense border situation with China in eastern Ladakh. “No one is wondering why this conversation is taking place at this time, because India is an area where there is perhaps more consensus between the two candidates for the US presidency than elsewhere,” Pant said. “In Washington, there is support between the parties to strengthen relations with India.” Twenty Indian soldiers died in a skirmish that broke out in June between troops on both sides, triggering months of diplomatic talks to ease tensions. But this has not yet contributed to the de-escalation of hostilities. In the face of rising tensions between India and China after the deaths of twenty soldiers in Ladakh four months ago, the pact aims to help India narrow the military rift with Beijing. News of the deal was sharply criticized by the Chinese government language of the Global Times, which noted earlier this month that “New Delhi. hopes that China will show its military muscles and show the importance of US ties. Through BECA, officials said the deal would give India access to secret geographic data and critical information with important military applications from the United States. At a meeting between President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in November 2001, the United States and India expressed a keen interest in transforming bilateral relations. High-level meetings and practical cooperation between the two countries increased in 2002 and 2003. In January 2004, the United States and India launched the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership (NSSP), which was both a milestone in the transformation of bilateral relations and a plan for further progress.
India and the United States on Tuesday 27 adopted the Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which, together with the two previously signed agreements – the Logistics Memorandum of Understanding (LEMOA) and the Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) – complements a troika of “core pacts” for deep military cooperation between the two countries. . . .