U.S., India partnership targets arms and AI to compete with China

  • The White House is launching a partnership with India on 31 Jan that President Joe Biden hopes will help the countries compete against China on military equipment, semiconductors and artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Washington wants to deploy more Western mobile phone networks in the subcontinent to counter China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, to welcome more Indian computer chip specialists to the United States and to encourage companies from both countries to collaborate on military equipment like artillery systems.
  • Yet the White House faces an uphill battle on each front, including U.S. restrictions on military technology transfer and visas for immigrant workers, along with India’s longstanding dependence on Moscow for military hardware, issues it hopes to now address.
  • Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, are meeting with senior officials from both countries at the White House on 31 Jan to launch the U.S.-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies.
  • “The larger challenge posed by China – its economic practices, its aggressive military moves, its efforts to dominate the industries of the future and to control the supply chains of the future have had a profound impact on the thinking in Delhi,” Sullivan said.
  • “This is another big foundational piece of an overall strategy to put the entire democratic world in the Indo-Pacific in a position of strength … it’s a strategic bet by the two leaders… on the idea that creating a deeper ecosystem between the United States and India will serve our strategic, economic and technological interests.”

External Link : https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-india-partnership-targets-arms-ai-compete-with-china-2023-01-31/