India Says Cooperation In Nuclear, Defence To Draw Future Direction Of Indo-japan Ties

New Delhi: Days before Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits India for the annual bilateral summit, New Delhi has rolled out a road map of the future ties between the two sides with cooperation in the field of Nuclear Energy and Defence to be the dominant elements which will shape the future of the relationship of the two emerging Asian Economic engines.

Addressing the India-Japan Colloquium here this morning Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said-“Cooperation in civil nuclear energy and in defence are two domains that portend the future direction of our ties. The difference that Japan can make to our nuclear industry can be quite substantive. Japan’s openness to supply India with military technology reflects the high level of confidence that the two countries have developed in each other.”
The Colloquium was an important forum for exchange of ideas and the agenda for the upcoming visit of the Japanese Prime Minister in next few days.
Japan is one of the few countries with which India has an annual summit at the leadership level. Prime Ministers Modi and Abe have met nine times in the last three years on different occasions with the personal chemistry between them has injected new vigour in this relationship and imparted it greater momentum.

Interestingly, Japan was the only country to openly support India’s stand on during the 70 day long military face-off China at Doklam Plateau. This would be the first meeting between the prime ministers of the two sides after the Doklam crisis is over.

“The growing convergence of views between Japan and India has the capacity to drive Asia’s economy and development and stimulate the global growth. In this regard, the two countries have agreed to cooperate closely to promote connectivity, infrastructure and capacity-building in the regions that occupy the inter-linked waters of the Indo-Pacific,” the Foreign Secretary felt.

It is obvious that their interaction now has a significance beyond the bilateral. The Asia-Africa Growth Corridor is just one example, he said.

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