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    This weekend, President Barack Obama is set to make his second trip to India since taking office. The president will attend India's Republic Day celebrations on Monday. The event includes a military parade and a public showing of Indian weaponry. Experts say the parade may be symbolic of Mr. Obama's visit.

    The American leader is to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They are expected to discuss increasing defense and security ties between the two countries.

    Defense and trade cooperation between the two has been increasing in recent years. In 2013, the United States overtook Russia as the largest arms supplier to India, which has spent billions of dollars to modernize its armed forces. India takes part in more joint military exercises with U.S. forces than any other country.

    Some observers say Mr. Modi wants to build an even stronger relationship with the United States. C. Raja Mohan works at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. He expects the two sides to begin work on what he calls "a genuine strategic partnership" with far-reaching agreements.
    一些观察家表示,莫迪先生希望同美国建立更紧密的关系。C.拉贾·莫汉( C. Raja Mohan)就职于新德里观察家研究基金会。他预计双方将会通过一些意义深远的协定致力于他所谓的“真正的战略伙伴关系”。

    "You have now a government here in Delhi that is prepared to walk the full distance with the U.S., and the U.S., too, I think, has sensed the new opportunity in India."

    During Mr. Obama's visit, Indian and U.S. officials are expected to re-state support for a defense cooperation agreement that ends this June. They have also been working to finalize agreements that could lead to U.S. companies producing some military equipment in India.

    The Indian government wants American companies to produce more weapons at home under what are known as technology transfer agreements. But that would not be easy. The United States has many rules on limiting movement of sensitive technology.

    Bharat Karnad is a security expert at New Delhi's Center for Policy Research. He does not expect major outcomes from Mr. Obama's visit. He thinks India will not be satisfied with what the U.S. offers on technology transfers of military equipment.
    巴拉特·卡纳德(Bharat Karnad)是新德里政策研究中心的安全专家。他预计奥马巴的访问不会有太大成果。他认为印度不会满足于美国提供的军事设备的技术转让。

    "As I see it, it is going to be more platitudes, more instruments being created, more committees being set up, but nothing really there on the ground, in terms of both countries being satisfied with something substantive and hefty."

    Experts say it will take time for the two countries to build trust in some areas. But they are moving closer because of security issues.

    Chintamani Mahapatra is with New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University. He says both sides are concerned about signs of a more aggressive China and possible unrest in Afghanistan after withdrawal of Western troops.
    琴太马尼·马哈帕特拉(Chintamani Mahapatra)就职于新德里的尼赫鲁大学。他说双方都关注中国更为活跃的迹象,以及西方军队撤出阿富汗后的可能动荡。

    "Indians and Americans have been quarrelling over economic issues, IPR (intellectual property rights) issues, dumping issues, etc., etc., and, of course, on critical areas of foreign affairs, like Pakistan and Iran and China, the two countries do not agree 100 percent. But in matters of defense and security cooperation, there is hardly any dispute. The idea is to have a good, positive win-win balance of power in Asia."

    During his first visit to India in 2010, President Obama told Indian lawmakers that the relationship between the two countries will be the "defining partnership of the 21st century." There is hope that this visit will re-energize that partnership.

    And that's In The News from VOA Learning English. I'm Bob Doughty.
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