India has become the third Asian nation after Japan and South Korea to receive the Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1 status) from the United States, giving out a strong global political message and paving ways for high-tech product sales for India.

The American charm has been raining all over India lately as just days after bypassing India from the Russian deal with NDAA Act, the United States has issued a federal notification granting India the special the Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) status. With this, India has become the third Asian nation and the 37th country in the world to have received the special STA-1 status. A federal notification was issued yesterday by the Trump administration, making India’s status effective immediately.

The move gives out a strong political message as the US has made and exception for India, which is not a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the status is generally given to NATO allies. India’s exception made by the US is seen as a very strong political message to China and the world because even America’s closest-considered ally Israel has not been given the status just because it is not a member of the multilateral export control regimes including the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), Australia Group (AG) and the NSG.

Besides being extremely important globally, the STA-1 status will prove to be beneficial in a number of ways to New Delhi as it will pave the way for high-technology product sales to New Delhi, especially in civil space and defence sectors. The move also testifies both countries’ commitment towards promoting global non-proliferation, expand high technology cooperation and trade, and ultimately facilitate India’s full membership in the four multilateral export control regimes. All-in-all, it is all merry for India and its future with the Americans.