Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Japan, India agree new defence and economic projects

Japan, India agree new defence and economic projects

The Prime Minister said, today the whole world and specially the western countries are discussing about environment protection and are trying to find new ways to adopt a balanced life style.

During the 13th annual summit, the two leaders reviewed the bilateral ties and explored new areas of cooperation.

At a time when freedom of navigation is becoming a hot-button regional issue, Abe and Modi are expected to confirm their cooperation to realize a "free and open" Indo-Pacific.

The ACSA would permit the Indian Navy (IN) access to a Japanese base in Djibouti, while the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) would be permitted to use India's military installations on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands located in the Indian Ocean, which lie near the Malacca Straits, next to other naval facilities. Modi, who was on a two-day visit to Japan, and Abe held wide-ranging talks during which they agreed to deepen economic and security cooperation, including the start of a 2+2 dialogue between the defence and foreign ministers.

The two countries also called upon Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, including those responsible for the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai and the January 2016 attack in Pathankot.

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"The India-Japan partnership has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a special strategic and global partnership", Modi told Kyodo news agency. During the meeting, both leaders will deliberate on a range of issues including defence and regional security.

The agenda is likely to be packed as the leaders of India and Japan have much to discuss.

Modi urged Japan's medium, small and micro enterprises to explore business opportunities in India, promising a more conducive environment to consolidate bilateral trade ties. The Prime Minister also urged people to participate in the largest possible numbers in the run for unity to be organized on that day. Signing several agreements including naval cooperation and a high speed rail project, India and Japan agreed to seek closer economic and military ties in an effort to balance China's weight in the region.

After Abe welcomed Modi at a hotel in Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture, around noon Sunday, they had a luncheon together attended by others. On September 6, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the first edition of the "2+2" dialogue with their United States counterparts Michael Pompeo and James Mattis in New Delhi.

Earlier this year, Japan signed a landmark deal with the European Union that will eliminate almost all tariffs on products they trade.

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