Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (centre) gestures towards US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AP
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (centre) gestures towards US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AP

US-India security ties deepen but some in New Delhi worry about taking a back seat

  • US and India have signed a defence deal and conducted joint naval exercises but experts disagree over whether the relationship serves New Delhi’s interests
  • Support from US may offer a counterweight to China’s growing influence but critics worry it could distract India from its core strategic and geopolitical objectives

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (centre) gestures towards US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AP
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (centre) gestures towards US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AP
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