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Indo-Pacific and China to be focus of high-level India-US talks

Military pact on intelligence sharing likely during Pompeo-Esper New Delhi visit

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd, left, and USS Howard are moored in Chennai in, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW DELHI -- India and the U.S. are working to finalize a key military pact on geospatial cooperation during high-level talks set for Tuesday, as they intensify engagement with two other members of the so-called Quad grouping -- Australia and Japan -- to challenge what they see an increasingly assertive China in the Indo-Pacific region.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will visit New Delhi to participate in the third edition of the 'India-U.S. 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue' with their counterparts S. Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh, respectively. Signifying the importance of the meeting is that the Americans are traveling to New Delhi just ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. Presidential election and amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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