Carter began his tour with a trip to strategically important Eastern Naval Command in Vishakapatnam whose theatre of operation includes the critical South China sea region and the Strait of Malacca.
He will hold wide-ranging talks with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today evening during which India-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) will be a major area of focus, defence sources said.
The US Defence Secretary will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi besides meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and  National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
"Carter's trip to India is part of his focus on the US re-balance to Asia. Specifically, his trip to Vishakapatnam showcased his commitment to maritime security and the need for a regional security architecture that creates transparency and trust among regional partners," a statement by the US Embassy said in New Delhi.

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