In the recent fifth annual ‘2+2’ ministerial dialogue between India and the United States, key issues, including countering China’s aggression, fostering a free and open Indo-Pacific, and addressing regional security challenges, were discussed. The talks were marked by the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, and their American counterparts Lloyd Austin and Antony Blinken.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh highlighted that the India-U.S. strategic partnership is characterized by mutual trust. Both sides expressed an increasing alignment on crucial issues, particularly in countering China’s aggressive stance, promoting a free Indo-Pacific region, and collectively addressing regional security challenges.

The bilateral talks covered a broad spectrum of topics, including counterterrorism efforts and collaborative initiatives to enhance cooperation in cutting-edge technologies. Specific emphasis was laid on areas such as semiconductors and critical minerals, reflecting a shared commitment to advancing technological frontiers.

One of the focal points of the discussion was the exploration of ways to support India’s ambition to become a global hub for defence manufacturing. The leaders engaged in conversations about developing cutting-edge technology to address security challenges posed by China, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.

The 2+2 ministerial dialogue underscored the commitment of both nations to deepening their strategic partnership. The dialogue serves as a platform for aligning policies, exchanging insights, and fostering collaboration in areas crucial to regional and global security.