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U.S., India expected to sign defence pact on Monday

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U.S., India expected to sign defence pact on Monday

NEW DELHI – july 20 – The United States and India are expected to sign an agreement on Monday that would take a major step towards allowing the sale of sophisticated U.S. arms to the South Asian nation, three senior U.S. officials said.

Known as an “end-use monitoring” agreement and required by U.S. law for such weapons sales, the pact would let Washington check that India was using any arms for the purposes intended and preventing the technology from leaking to others.

The deal would be a tangible accomplishment of Hillary Clinton’s first trip to India as U.S. secretary of state and it could prove a boon to U.S. companies such as Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.

Both U.S. defence contractors are in the running to compete for India’s plan to buy 126 multi-role fighters, which would be one of the largest arms deals in the world as India takes steps to modernise its largely Russian-made arsenal.

The two U.S. companies are competing with Russia’s MiG-35, France’s Dassault Rafale, Sweden’s Saab KAS-39 Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon, made by a consortium of British, German, Italian and Spanish firms, for the contract.

The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition that they not be identified, said the defence agreement was not finalised as of late Sunday but that they expected it to go through in time for Clinton’s signature on Monday.

“If we don’t sign that, it will be a definite slap in the face,” said a U.S. congressional aide ahead of Clinton’s visit to New Delhi, where she will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Monday.

Clinton’s visit aims to deepen ties with India, a country whose economic power and political stability make it a natural U.S. ally, according to analysts, despite the long history of U.S.-Indian tensions during the Cold War when Washington at times tilted toward India’s rival Pakistan.

U.S. officials hope for two other tokens of a closer relationship to be confirmed during Clinton’s trip: an Indian announcement of two nuclear sites reserved for U.S. companies to build reactors and a broad strategic dialogue to be led by the U.S. secretary of state and the Indian foreign minister.

U.S. officials estimate that the nuclear sites represent up to $10 billion in business for U.S. nuclear reactor builders such as General Electric Co. and Westinghouse Electric Co, a subsidiary of Japan’s Toshiba Corp.

In addition to her official talks with Singh and Krishna, Clinton planned to meet Sonia Gandhi, the head of the ruling Congress party, and with L.K. Advani, the aging leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, on Monday.

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U.S. hopes to unveil defense, nuclear deals in India

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U.S. hopes to unveil defense, nuclear deals in India

WASHINGTON – july 16 – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hopes to unveil agreements that would help U.S. firms sell sophisticated arms and nuclear power plants to India when she visits next week, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

One would be an “end-use monitoring” agreement under which the United States would have the right to make sure U.S. arms sold to India are used for their intended purpose and that the technology does not leak to third countries.

Under U.S. law, such a pact is necessary for U.S. firms to bid on India’s plan to buy 126 multi-role fighters, which would be one of the largest arms deals in the world and could be a boon to Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.

“We hope to be able to sign that,” Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake told reporters as he previewed Clinton’s trip to India. She arrives in Mumbai on Friday for a two-night visit and then goes to New Delhi for Monday talks.

If the end-use monitoring agreement is signed, Blake suggested it would be on Monday in New Delhi.

Lockheed and Boeing are competing with Russia’s MiG-35, France’s Dassault Rafale, Sweden’s Saab KAS-39 Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon, made by a consortium of British, German, Italian and Spanish firms, for the contract.

Making her first visit to India as secretary of state, Clinton will strive to deepen ties that were strengthened by the U.S. Congress giving final approval last year to a pact that opens the Indian market to U.S. nuclear power companies.

U.S. officials hope India will use her trip to announce two sites where U.S. firms would have the exclusive right to build nuclear power plants, a business opportunity that Blake estimated could be worth up to $10 billion for U.S. companies.

The two major U.S. nuclear reactor builders are General Electric Co. and Westinghouse Electric Co, a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp.

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