On missile defence cooperation, was there something the US sought with India of its own volition?

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On missile defence cooperation, was there something the US sought with India of its own volition?

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Yes. By converting it from trinity to quartet, though the discussions in the missile defence area have been going on for some time. Now they want to discuss this concept, and include whatever progress can be achieved eventually as part of this package. So instead of three, it’s four issues. The US keeps saying its relations with India and Pakistan is no more a zero-sum game.India keeps saying its relations with the US is strictly on the merits of the India-US bilateral relationship and Pakistan is not a factor at all. But the fact is Pakistan figures in all India-US discussions. Isn’t this like the sword of Damocles hanging over India’s head? Not at all, not at all. First of all, look at the US trade with Pakistan and look at the US trade with India. Look at the sectors in which the US and India are engaged.High technology sectors, beginning with information technology. Look at the kinds of issues we are now discussing with the US in terms of opening the doors to a more fruitful, produ

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