WASHINGTON: Indo-US military ties are closer than ever as America’s re-balance policy in the strategic Asia Pacific region is complimenting India’s Act East policy, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said today as he praised India for helping strengthen Vietnam’s military capabilities.

"In the closer than ever US-India military relationship which – thanks to America’s strategic and technological handshakes, with America’s re-balance shaking hands with India’s Act East policy and the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative grasping the hand of Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme – includes more frequent exercises and more mutual defence co-development and co-production," Carter told a Washington audience.

In his address to the Centre for New American Security – a top US think-tank – Carter said that the Asia-Pacific security network is coming together in three key ways.

"First, some pioneering trilateral mechanisms are bringing together like-minded allies and partners to maximise individual contributions and connect nations that previously worked together only bilaterally," he said.

For example, the US-Japan-Republic of Korea trilateral partnership helps us coordinate responses to North Korean nuclear and missile provocations.

"And our three nations will conduct a trilateral ballistic missile warning exercise later this month," he added.

"And through joint activities like the aforementioned MALABAR Exercise, the US-Japan-India trilateral relationship is…

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