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Clinton's India trip could net new defense pact

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In a move that could buoy United States defense firms and increase India's military might, the US and India are expected to sign a defense pact on Monday. The agreement would set terms for US officials to monitor India's weapons usage and allow the US to sell sophisticated military technology to India, including fighter jets.

If signed, the deal will be one concrete achievement of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to India, in which she has worked to strengthen US-Indian relations, meeting with political leaders, students, film stars, business leaders, and others. She also addressed security issues with India's restive neighbor, Pakistan, and how the two countries could work with the US to combat terrorism and extremism.

Under the terms of the agreement, the US would be allowed to conduct "end-use monitoring," meaning it would conduct regular assessments of India's military policies to verify that weapons systems are being used for their intended purposes, reports the Times of India. Such an agreement is required by US law before American companies can legally sell weapons systems to any foreign nation.

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