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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.
"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.
"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.
"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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1.This weekend, President Barack Obama is set to make his second trip to India since taking office.
The talks are set to continue through the week.
2.He expects the two sides to begin work on what he calls "a genuine strategic partnership" with far-reaching agreements.
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3.but nothing really there on the ground, in terms of both countries being satisfied with something substantive and hefty.
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奥巴马总统将于本周末对印度进行上任以来的第二次访问。周一，奥巴马将出席印度共和国国庆日的庆祝活动 。活动包括阅兵式和印度武器公开展示 。专家称阅兵式可能会成为奥巴马访问的象征性活动 。
美国总统将会见印度总理纳伦德拉·莫迪(Narendra Modi)。两位国家元首将讨论增强两国之间国防和安全合作的问题 。
近年来两国之间的国防和贸易合作不断加强。2013年，美国超越俄罗斯成为印度最大的武器供应商——印度已经花费了数十亿美元实现军队现代化 。印度比任何其它国家更频繁地与美军进行联合军事演习 。
一些观察人员表示，莫迪希望与美国建立更强有力的联系。C.Raja Mohan就职于新德里智库观察家研究基金会(Observer Research Foundation) 。他预计双方将会致力于建立“真正的战略伙伴关系”，达成意义深远的协议 。
印度政府希望美国公司根据技术转让协议在印度生产更多的武器。但是这并不容易 。美国对敏感技术的转让有诸多限制 。
Bharat Karnad是新德里政策研究中心的安全专家。他预计奥巴马的访问不会取得重大成效 。他认为印度不会满足于美国提出的军事设备技术转让 。
Chintamani Mahapatra就职于新德里的贾瓦哈拉尔·尼赫鲁大学。他说双方都对中国更为进取的迹象以及西方军队撤出阿富汗后可能的动荡表示担忧 。
“印度和美国在经济问题上一直争吵，包括知识产权问题，倾销问题等等。当然，在巴基斯坦和中国等外交事务的关键领域，双方的立场并不是完全一致 。但在国防和安全合作问题上，双方几乎没有任何分歧 。其目标就是在亚洲达成良好、积极和双赢的力量平衡 。”
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