India and the United States of America on August 29 signed an agreement
governing the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply.
This new agreement a step forward for both the countries as this will build stronger defence ties which will also help counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China.
The new agreement was signed between defence minister Manohar Parrikar and US defence secretary Ashton Carter during a bilateral meeting in Washington.
The agreement is called ‘Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement’ (LEMOA), and will facilitate opportunities for “practical engagement and exchange” as it will facilitate logistical support
, supplies, and services between the US and Indian militaries on a reimbursable basis.
Though both the countries still have to finalise details, at present India’s biggest concern would be if this allows hosting of US troops at its bases, or draw it into a military alliance with the United States and undermine its traditional autonomy. The point though was muted by both Carter and Parrikar who said that the logistics agreement did not allow for basing of US troops in India.