US Puts India On List Of Countries With Access To Sensitive TechnologyPresident of the United States Donald Trump and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at the White House in 2017 (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

India has become the third country in Asia to have been granted the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) nation status by the US, which enables it to get access to products listed under the ‘high-technology’ tag.

Japan and South Korea, treaty allies of the US, are the only other countries in Asia to get the tag. Until now, India had the STA-2 tag along with seven others in Aisa, which meant it could not get access to sensitive technology.

Granting of STA-1 status became possible when the Trump administration recognised India as a “Major Defence Partner” in 2016.

India is the only South Asian nation to be on the list, which has 36 countries.

The STA-1 designation will come as a boost for the India-US security and economic relationship. It will allow India to get technology and high-tech defence equipment from the country, important for economy and defence respectively.

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