PUBLISHED: 03:15, Wed, Oct 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 03:15, Wed, Oct 28, 2020
Under the deal the two powers have agreed to share military intelligence and increase cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Relations between Beijing and both Washington and New Delhi have deteriorated sharply over the past few years.
As a result India, which traditionally avoided regional alliances, has been moving closer to the US.
In June 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops across the two countries contested border.
The deal was agreed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who has been touring the region together with Defence Secretary Mark Esper.
In total the two men will visit four countries in what Mr Pompeo said was a mission focused on the “threats” from China.
India and the US have reached a new security agreement (Image: GETTY)
The two sides met in New Delhi (Image: GETTY)
In response to the deal Mr Pompeo said: “Our leaders and our citizens see with increasing clarity that the CCP is no friend to democracy, the rule of law, transparency, nor to freedom of navigation, the foundation of a free and open and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”
The CCP refers to the Chinese Communist Party which has ruled China as a dictatorship since winning a civil war in 1949.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the Indian foreign minister, described its warming relationship with the United States as “exceptionally positive”.
The agreement was also welcomed by Mr Esper who made clear it is aimed at containing China.
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Our leaders and our citizens see with increasing clarity that the CCP is no friend to democracy" (Image: GETTY)
He said: “We stand shoulder to