The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation recommending an India-specific waiver under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), thereby deepening the defense relationship between the two countries. both democracies and help deter aggressors like China.
The House approved the measure introduced by Democrat Ro Khanna, an Indian-American Representative and member of the House Armed Services Act, as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) annually from 330 to 99.
However, this amendment is several steps away from becoming law. After the House of Representatives passes the NDAA – the Senate must approve its version. Then lawmakers must reach a compromise version of the law that would authorize more than $800 billion in defense spending, before voting again later this year.
This major revision marks the most important piece of legislation for the relationship between the United States and India outside of Congress since the nuclear deal between the United States and India, according to a statement by Mr Khanna.
“The United States must stand with India in the face of growing aggression from China. As Vice Chairman of the Commission of India, I have been working hard to strengthen the partnership between the countries. our nation and ensure that India can defend itself along India’s border with China”. Congressman Khanna said.
“This amendment is of paramount importance and I am proud to see it passed the House on a bipartisan basis.”
He said that the India-US partnership, rooted in shared democratic values, is crucial to advancing US interests in the Indo-Pacific region; and the partnership between these world’s oldest and largest democracies is vital and must continue to be strengthened in response to growing threats in the Indian Ocean regions – Pacific Ocean, sending a clear signal that sovereignty and international law must be respected.
“The amendment bodes well for the Biden administration in terms of what they think of CAATSA and India,” one analyst told ANI.
The amendment is the latest attempt by members of Congress to emphasize the strong defense partnership between India and the United States, highlighting China’s threat to India’s security.
Furthermore, in Khanna’s amendment, there is a section titled “Border Threats from China and Reliance on Russian Arms”, which proposes that Congress acknowledge that India faces “immediate and severe regional border threats from China, with the Chinese Government’s relentless military aggression along the India-China border”.
It emphasized that the United States should take additional steps to encourage India to accelerate its transition away from Russian-made weapons and defense systems, while strongly supporting its immediate defense needs. India’s time.
While addressing the House of Representatives, Mr. Khanna praised the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (ICET) announced during the Tokyo summit between President Joe Biden and President Trump. Narendra Modi is an important step “to form closer ties between the two countries in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, aerospace and semiconductor manufacturing. .
While India faces an immediate need to maintain Russian-made weapons systems, the waiver of sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act during the transition period This is in the best interest of the United States and the US-India defense partnership. deter aggressors based on the close partnership of Russia and China.
According to CAATSA, the US imposes sanctions on countries that have “significant transactions with Iran, North Korea or Russia”.
India signed a $5.43 billion deal with Russia for five squadrons of S-400s in October 2018. Although according to a top official under the previous administration of President Joe Biden, the United States has yet to deliver. made the final decision on sanctions against India for the Russian S-400 missile system under CAATSA.
American politician with Indian heritage has pointed out that a strong US-India defense partnership is rooted in shared democratic values and is vital to advancing US interests in the region. Indo-Pacific region.
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