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US offers India access to military satellites as with Japan, Australia

Intel-sharing agreement likely to help New Delhi identify and strike targets

From left, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in New Delhi on Oct. 27. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. State Department) 

NEW DELHI -- The U.S. and India on Tuesday signed a key military pact on the exchange of critical geospatial intelligence, which is expected to help New Delhi strike potential targets with pinpoint accuracy, a significant development that comes in the midst of a tense monthslong border standoff with China.

The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, or BECA, was inked during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper's India visit, mainly to take part in the third edition of the "two plus two" ministerial dialogue with counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.

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