US House passes defence budget, seeks enhancing ties with India: Key announcements

Bera speaking on the new defence ammendment, said, "The United States is the world’s oldest democracy and India is the world’s largest democracy. It is vitally important to develop a strategy that advances defence cooperation between our two nations."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2017 8:08 pm
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The US House of Representatives on July 14, 2017 passed a $621.5 billion defence policy bill, which among other things aims at increasing defence cooperation with India. An amendment in this regard, moved by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, beginning October 1 this year. NDAA-2018 was passed by the House 344-81.

The amendment passed by the House requires the Secretary of Defence, in consultation with the Secretary of State, in order to form a strategy for enhancing defence ties between US-India. Bera speaking on the new defence ammendment, said, “The United States is the world’s oldest democracy and India is the world’s largest democracy. It is vitally important to develop a strategy that advances defence cooperation between our two nations.”

Here are key announcements in the defence policy bill by the House of Representatives:

India: NDAA-2018 asks the State Department and the Pentagon to formulate a strategy, which will focus on the common security challenges, the role of American partners and allies in the India-US defence relationship, and the role of the defence technology and trade initiatives. The bill also aims at steps on how to advance the use of communications interoperability and security memorandum of agreement and the basic exchange and cooperation agreement for geospatial cooperation.

Pakistan: Taking a strong note of the rising terror outfits in Pakistan, the House voted for three legislative amendments that imposes tougher conditions for reimbursement of defence funding to Pakistan. The bill, as passed by the House requires the Secretary of Defence to certify, before signing any reimbursement to Pakistan, such as the government is maintaining security along the Ground Lines of Communication through Pakistan, taking proper measures to counter terrorist activities, any major cross border attack.

The bill also notifies that an amount of $400 million, which has been allotted as reimbursement and support to Pakistan for a period starting from October 1, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2018, will not be eligible for a national security waiver, if Pakistan stops conducting military operations against the Haqqani Network in North Waziristan.

Indo-Pacific region: As per NDAA-2018, US “should maintain a military capability to deter acts of aggression and respond to regional threats”. Looking into China’s aggressive approach towards the disputed South China Sea region, the bill calls  for reassessing and realigning forces by the US. The new bill assures that the United States will continue providing extended deterrence to allies in the Asia-Pacific, including Japan and South Korea.

(with inputs form PTI)

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    MyTake
    Jul 16, 2017 at 2:22 am
    (Bera speaking on the new defence ammendment, said, "The United States is the world’s oldest democracy and India is the world’s largest democracy. It is vitally important to develop a strategy that advances defence cooperation between our two nations.") Very welcome and heartening statement. This is what people of India always wanted but they were taken for a ride by the fake leaders of the history, associating people with their own cursed life (according Vedic analysis usually one sixth of sin of a leader has to be suffered by the people if the people make a mistake of choosing the wrong leader). Adding to a above statement, there are not many things in this world where the "limits" will be applied beyond "nose-distance" but in this case Sky is really the limit (as an explanation for human understanding of "limit" as the Sky itself is limitless). So is limitless people's future that can bring joy and happiness in life, leading to a life full of positive forces of life.
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      MyTake
      Jul 16, 2017 at 2:08 am
      As far as the people of US, India and other democracies are concerned they have always been, more or less, on the same frequency: one of the major achiever brought varieties of ideas, hopes and aspirations in this world and the other brought varieties in the spiritual world. Working together can only enrich each other - there is no other (repeat no other) positive alternative to this. Guarantee of the freedom of human spirit is the strongest guarantee that only healthy and positive varieties will be added to life. Going further on the opposite side: they (China-Pak-NK) destroyed variteties freedom of spirit in this world as well as in the spiritual World. Now it is the fear of the unknown that scares them the most - Allah or no Allah. Otherwise how come a God "fearing" country like Pakistan can join "hands" with Godless China? Ever wonder what else is the reason? One is a bully the other is simply its foot soldier!
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        MyTake
        Jul 16, 2017 at 1:45 am
        India should become nothing less than an active NATO member and work together with the US and other democratic regimes of the world enriching each other. Democratic countries have a moral responsibility to do what best they can do to uphold the spirit of freedom of their as well other people's spirit and aspirations (thanks to which the trouble makers of the world are also getting their voices heard but they themselves don't give this right of being heard to others!), while some countries (like China, North Korea and Pakistan axis) are trying to stifle the voices of others in he name of their economic progress. Current international situation is very fluid and something better (rather than worse) should come out of it. The wise man says change is the only constant in this world.
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          Gulzar Ahmed
          Jul 16, 2017 at 12:22 am
          Increase squeezing india financially by selling defense items ten times the price and encourage China to destroy indian strategic nal.
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            Babu
            Jul 16, 2017 at 12:38 am
            Ahmed-mian India is not P-stan who is available to the highest bidder. P-STAN a rigid Islamic state is going to bed with an atheist/China, same China that violently discourages fasting in Ramadan and insults humiliates it's Muslim citizen. So think before bar-king
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              MyTake
              Jul 16, 2017 at 1:47 am
              Man gear up to work in chinese agri-farm in PAK-LANDto produce food grains for your all wether friend!
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                MyTake
                Jul 16, 2017 at 2:27 am
                In democracy moral obligation that comes with policies takes the lead where as in dictatorship it's the "squeezing"! Do you need examples or you can work that out yourself?
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                J
                Jul 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm
                China is a rouge nation. A communist gulag where citizens are killed and sentence for long imprisonment over trial dissent.
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                  Madunit
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 9:01 pm
                  India should be made a front line state to fight against China.(I read Modi is already begging even diminutive Israel for technology, even a special condom making technology to be used by its soldiers when they rape citizens which will have no signs of rape on the victims). Let them fight for us and contain China. China should not be allowed to grow any further. Indians should apply the war craft(witchcraft) taught by a scoundrel called Chanakya which is used as rule book by neo-Chanakyan a s s o l e s.
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                    sdas
                    Jul 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm
                    Your a..hole hurting sicko ! your country is a hee-hole - even a a..hole is better than a country or run to the cave where your hero - obl - hid.
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                    Mypc Klinik
                    Jul 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm
                    not reliable. dove and vulture relationship The Lord Save India
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