US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson has said that Modi government’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ programme will be beneficial for both India and the US, and will not come in the way of defence cooperation between the two countries.
He said that every country in the world makes its own decisions and programs for its national interests and ‘Make in India’ is such an initiative for India. Drawing similarities between the two countries, Richardson said that both the countries are democracies and share common values, and the armed forces of both the countries are controlled by the government, so co-operation is natural in mutual benefit.
Richardson is visiting India on his first trip to the country aimed at deepening bilateral maritime partnership, the Pentagon had said. Terming his interaction with officials in Delhi as ‘fruitful’, he said that he was really happy to see India.
His visit will improve the ties and exchange of ideas will make the relationship between the two forces more strong and improve sharing of information at the field level.
He was really impressed by India especially Visakhapatnam where the International Fleet Review is being held. The US fleet participating in the IFR includes USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85).
‘Make in India’ is an international marketing campaigning slogan coined by PM Modi to attract businesses from around the world to invest and manufacture in India.
The campaign has been concentrated to fulfill the purpose of job creatin, enforcement to secondary and tertiary sector, boosting national economy, and converting the India to a self-reliant country .
Russia is the first country to have agreed to take the initiative under the programme in two key strategic sectors — nuclear and defence.
Moscow and India have decided to build nuclear reactor components and military helicopters in India under this program.