Just after addressing the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in June 2012, Leo Panetta, then the American secretary of defense, visited New Delhi, where he remarked that “defense cooperation with India is a lynchpin in this [pivot] strategy.” Since the thrust of the “pivot” has been on the maritime balance of power in the Indo-Pacific, both the Pacific and the Indian Oceans have gained tremendous traction in the new U.S. strategy. From the very initiation of the pivot, India has featured on the American radar as an important strategic partner.
Pant, Harsh V. and Joshi, Yogesh
"The American “Pivot” and the Indian Navy,"
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