US Navy chief John Richardson starts his three-day India visit

US Navy chief Admiral John Richardson began a visit to India on Monday with meetings with his counterpart and other senior officers with cooperation between the two navies in the Indo-Pacific region in against the backdrop of a rising China taking centre stage in the discussions.

The 12-14 May visit is Richardson’s second visit to India as the Chief of US Naval Operations. It is also his last tour through the region given that he retires on 31 May.

In the national capital, Richardson is expected to meet all key officials and leaders to discuss India-US defence cooperation that has grown spectacularly in recent years, a defence official said.

Besides rising interaction between the militaries of the two countries, India is now one of the top purchasers of US arms—unthinkable till a few decades ago. Read More

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