In message to China, US grants India special status

Washington: India has become the first south Asian country to be added to the Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) list after the US issued a federal notification to this effect, paving the way for high-technology product sales to New Delhi, particularly in civil space and defence sectors.

India is now the only nuclear-armed country in the world to get such a status. This exception for New Delhi is intended to send a very strong political message to China and the world. The federal notification, issued on Friday, gains significance as the Trump administration made an exception for India, which is yet to become a member of the NSG.

Why is it a big deal?

The US has placed only those countries in the STA-1 list, who are members of the four export control regimes: Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), Australia Group (AG) and the NSG.