India and US sign crucial defence deal – BBC News

The US has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth around $1.8bn (£1.4bn), in a move that is likely to increase tensions with China.

The Pentagon said the deal comprised three weapons systems, including rocket launchers, sensors and artillery.

Taiwan, which considers itself a country, is seen as a renegade province by China.

Tensions have increased in recent years and Beijing has not ruled out the use of force to take the island back.

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India and the US have signed a military agreement on sharing sensitive satellite data amid Delhi’s tense border standoff with Beijing.

Access to such data is considered vital for hitting missiles, drones and other targets with precision.

The deal was announced after the annual “2+2” high-level talks in Delhi on Tuesday.

Experts say the strengthening of India-US ties is aimed at countering China’s influence in the region.

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