Modi’s engagement with Japan, now in the absence of his ally Shinzo Abe, could provide New Delhi with the perfect opportunity to kickstart the activities of the Quad for greater commercial and military associations in the Indo-Pacific.
India and Japan are on the same page on the Indo-Pacific, security, economic cooperation and on the need to cooperate on developing infrastructure across Asia and Africa in order to provide a counterweight to China. They now have to find a way of translating this convergence of goals into brick and mortar projects that actually make a difference on the ground. Japan has emerged as India’s closest strategic and economic partner over the last couple of decades. The close personal [...]
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with whom Modi shares close ties, is close to becoming India’s “all weather friend”. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken of the “Arc of Democracy”, with Tokyo and New Delhi as its two ends and encompassing the ASEAN, Australia and South Korea in between as the ideal architecture for the 21st century, which many have already dubbed Asia’s century. His Indian counterpart and good friend Narenda Modi has outlined a similar template for India’s [...]
“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” The India-Japan relationship has been almost a perfect example of the famous quote by the 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerson on foreign policy.
Japan’s high speed train, with its promise of speed, reliability and safety, to be created on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route over the next seven years is a significant milestone in India-Japan ties, says Japan expert Dr Rajaram Panda.
The synergy between India’s Act East policy and Japan’s Partnership for Quality Infrastructure will work as an effective counter-balance to China’s One Belt One Road programme to connect various countries across Asia, the Pacific and parts of Europe.
With common ground around unresolved territorial disputes with China, Japan is fast emerging as India’s strongest ally within the “Act East” spectrum. The plethora of deals struck during the Abe visit hold great promise for the future.