31 Jan '18, 1pm

Loosening of US arms sales spurs India to challenge China

Loosening of US arms sales spurs India to challenge China

As the US moves closer toward the possibility that it will loosen restrictions on foreign arms sales, India is looking closely. The Donald Trump administration is considering relaxing arms sales restrictions, including reviewing export policies on unmanned weapon systems, in order to regain dominance in the market, in an initiative that could be launched as early as February, Reuters reported. Analysts have said that if the policy is relaxed, a large beneficiary will be India. A recent opinion piece in the Hindu newspaper pointed out that if Trump "emphasizes the commercial benefits of arms sales and de-emphasizes the strategic angle, it could lead to a change in the dynamics of India-US defense trade, and bilateral trade in general. India, always wary of military alliances, will be more comfortable with weapons purchases as commercial deals." If the US chooses to make its...

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