India and the US have agreed to share military logistics, to provide supplies and fuel to each other’s armed forces from their bases. This was stated by the countries’ defense ministers of both countries today (30th).
The agreement will allow the militaries in the two countries to use each other’s land, air and naval bases for resupplies, repair and rest.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his Indian counterpart, Manohar Parrikar would finalize the text of an agreement in coming weeks.
The deal will allow the US to cooperate with India in both strategic and technological areas at par with other close and long-standing allies of Washington. Besides, it will help the navies to have an “easier time supporting each other in joint operations and exercises.
According to analysts the agreement is a move to counter Chinese influence in the South China Sea and into the Indian Ocean. The U.S. military too has made clear it wants to do more with India, especially in countering China.
However, the agreement would have repercussions in the states around the Indian Ocean such Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc. Moreover, Pakistan is an ally of China.