Though Washington went ahead with his decision to supply F16s to Pakistan, a major Congressional resolution in favour of India actually identifies New Delhi as a much stronger force worth strengthening friendship with.
On Wednesday, Congressman George Holding, Co-Chair of the House India Caucus, introduced a resolution that would bring India at par with all the NATO allies of America.
While defence trade between US and India have risen from $300 million to $14 billion in the last 10 years, there has been a particular rise in the same under the Modi government.
The US is also extending technological assistance to India in the latter’s indigenous development of INS Vishal.
So why is US opening such a route for India?
Another reason is the plan Washington’s foreign policy planners have for Asia. US plans for Asia have been a corollary of China’s political moves. A third is that India offers a huge market for defence products.
The resolution comes just before the scheduled April visit of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to India.