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Published 5 August 2014

The Indian government buys an estimated US$50 billion in arms a year.

Since 2011, India is the largest importer of arms in the world, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), ahead of China, which remains as one of the five largest weapons exporter.

India is the world's largest arms buyer and in the last five years alone it has alloted US$50 billion in military expenses, becoming a market of enormous appeal to the West, acccording to the Latin American News Agency Prensa Latina.

The U.S. Defense Minister Chuck Hagel will make a three-day visit to in India. According to international analysts, he will continue the Washington mandated effort to use the country as a counterweight to the increasing power of China.

However, the strength of bilateral relations will actually depend on what India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama discuss in September, when the Indian head of state has a scheduled visit to New York, where he will assist a United Nations General Assembly session.

The international relations between India and the U.S. have resented a fall due to incidents such as the last-year detention of an Indian diplomat, whom Washington wanted to prosecute.

Devyani Khobragade was arrested and strip-searched last year on visa fraud charges, touching off an international stir. She left the country, but in February of this year U.S. prosecutors filed a reindictment against her.

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