India-USA sign BECA pact at the 2+2 on geo-spatial cooperation Ministerial dialogue

India-USA sign BECA pact at the 2+2 on geo-spatial cooperation  Ministerial dialogue
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India and US on Tuesday signed the Basic Exchange and Corporation Agreement (BECA), which will now allow sharing of classified satellite data, images and critical military information between the two nations. The Government of India conducted a third 2+2 meeting with the  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who was accompanied by Defence Secretary Mark Esper, while India was represented by Union Government’s Defence Minister, RajnathSingh who was accompanied by S. Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister. Both countries were assisted by the top military and security officers at New Delhi 

The Basic Exchange and Corporation Agreement is a third phase which helps in strengthening the India-US defence. With India’s signing of the BECA, it will allow us to use the US’s most advanced geospatial intelligence which will strengthen the defence, and the satellite will be able to detect topographical data which will help in navigation and accuracy of weapons like missiles. The BECA plays a very important for India when we look into China’s behaviour since the images from the satellite will help India understand the border situations as well as those of the Indo-Pacific region.

Moreover, the signing of the BECA treaty also strengthens the India-US friendship. Earlier two 2+2 meeting was held in which two main other agreements were signed- LEMOA and COMCASA. The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement was signed between India and the US in August 2016, which allows both countries to use each other’s aircraft bases for repairing, replenishment of supply and provide deeper corporation.mWhereas, the COMCASA allows the USA to provide India with its encrypted communications equipment so that the military can communicate with each other in a secure network.

"We held a comprehensive discussion on a range of key issues: Inking of BECA with the US a significant move. Our military to military cooperation with the US moving forward very well. We identified projects for the joint development of defence equipment. We reaffirmed our commitment to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region,"  Said Defense Minsiter Rajnath Singh.

US’s Secretary of Defence Mark Esper has said that the growing defence and security partnership between India and the US will keep a check on the situation in the Indo-Pacific at a time when China is attempting to expand its economic and military clout in the region. The sensitive satellite and sensor data provided by the US under the agreement will allow India to keep a close watch on the movements of Chinese warships in the Indian Ocean.

“In our meeting, we shared assessment of the security situation across the Indo Pacific. In that process, we reaffirmed our commitment to peace, stability and prosperity of all countries in the region,” Rajnath Singh said in a tweet on  October 27.

The friendship between the US and India stands on the ground of freedom, democratic principles, equality to all the citizens, human rights and rule of law. Both nations promote global security, and economic prosperity through trade investment and connectivity. Added to that is the fast-growing friendship between President Donald Trump and Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi which has played a significant role in bringing both the nations together with both Modi and Trump sharing the same ideology i.e. peace and harmony and also to eradicate global terrorism. The rising heat in the Indo Pacific has worried both the nations into awakening, leading to strengthening military power by signing agreements. So, that they can tackle the worst situations and bring peace and harmony at a global level

India and US after the event on Tuesday also asked Pakistan in a joint statement to ‘expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators and planners of terror attacks including that of the 26/11 Mumbai, Uri and Pathankot attacks,’ while also requesting that Pakistan ensure that no territory that is under its control is used for terrorist attacks.