JAPAN-INDIA TIES SHOULD GO BEYOND COUNTERING CHINA
Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe and India’s PM Narendra Modi, Sept 2016. Flickr in Wikimedia Commons
The Japan Times-Oct 30
The agreement between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his visiting Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to deepen economic and security cooperation came in the wake of Abe’s visit to China last week, where he expressed hopes to lift Japan-China relations into “a new era.” Right after returning from the three-day trip to China, Abe welcomed the Indian leader to his vacation home at the foot of Mount Fuji. They agreed on launching the so-called two-plus-two meeting of foreign and defense ministers of the two countries, resuming a currency swap accord to the tune of $75 billion and more than ¥300 billion in yen loans to finance India’s infrastructure projects including a high-speed railway using Japan’s shinkansen system.
First published in: The Japan Times