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U.S., Japan step up India courtship despite its Russia juggling act

Pentagon grants escort-free access to attaches, Japan plans jet drills

The Pentagon as seen from the air in Washington: Indian defense attaches can now walk freely in the building.    © Reuters

NEW DELHI/TOKYO -- On Aug. 15, on the occasion of India's 75th independence anniversary, the U.S. prepared a gift for the South Asian country.

From that day on, the Indian Embassy's defense attaches in Washington would be granted escort-free access inside the Pentagon. It is a privilege granted to only America's closest allies.

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