Why 2018 will be a landmark year for India-US strategic relationship

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: AFP/PTI

Washington: Notwithstanding irritants on trade issues, India and the US made “landmark” progress in 2018 to bolster their strategic and defence ties – from holding the maiden trilateral meeting with Japan to the first-ever 2+2 dialogue during which they signed the long-pending COMCASA agreement that would open the way for sales of more sensitive US military equipment to India.

The trade disputes posed bumps on the road as President Donald Trump called India a “tariff king” in September. However, two months later, he praised Indians as tough negotiators as the two countries started talks on a bilateral trade deal.


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