India Not Teaming Up With US Against China: Antony
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India today made it clear that its growing ties with the US didn't mean that it was teaming up with America against China.

"No, that is not correct. We are strengthening our armed forces by providing most modern and complex equipment to them. It is not against any country but to protect our territorial integrity," Defence Minister A K Antony said here.

The Minister was replying to a question if the US wanted to work with India mainly because of the China factor.

"We want to have a very modern and capable force capable of protecting our territorial integrity and any challenge from any quarters," he said.

In recent past, there have been western media reports that India and the US have developed close military ties to take on the rising military power of the Chinese armed forces.

India, which was earlier heavily dependent on Russian military hardware, has started procuring American equipment in the last five to six years.

In this time frame, it has procured equipment worth over USD 8 billion from there including acquiring systems such as the C-130J and C-17 transport aircraft, P-8I maritime surveillance planes and a warship--'USS Trenton'.
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Feb 17, 2012
11:03 PM

Well, India, China will all speak only nice things in public. 

India's plans to defend and counter any agression will not be discussed in public. Strategic interests will guide India to do what it has to do including convenient military partnerships, and discuss these inside closed doors.  All the concerned actors in the play, will of course still know all the things going on.

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