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US-China tensions

US and India seek strategic partnership regardless of Trump, Biden

World's largest and oldest democracies commit to closer defense ties

Indian soldiers disembark from an American-made military transport plane at a forward airbase Sept. 15 in Leh, in the Ladakh region.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Even as the U.S. heads into a heated election -- where a defeat may place President Donald Trump and his administration in a "lame duck" transitionary period before handing over power to opponent Joe Biden -- the State and Defense departments are going full steam ahead with their diplomatic efforts, locking down international agreements for securing the Indo-Pacific and countering China.

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in New Delhi to meet with Indian counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh ahead of Tuesday's joint "two plus two" meeting -- the third joint U.S.-India Ministerial Dialogue in just over two years -- where India is expected to sign a military agreement with the U.S. for sharing of sensitive satellite data, according to Reuters.

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