Japan Desires Better Defense Relations With India

India Japan copyNEW DELHI – Amid increasing Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, Japan today sought enhanced cooperation with India in defense and security sector including in the field of maritime security, PakistanTribe.com learnt from TheEconomicTimes

Making it clear that India considers relations with Tokyo of “great importance”, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said Japan is a privileged partner in the ‘Make In India’ initiative including the defense technology sector.

Parrikar, who is on a four-day visit to Japan, today held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

During the talks, Kishida emphasized on the commonality of strategic interests between the two countries and conveyed Japan’s desire to enhance bilateral defense and security cooperation including in the field of maritime security.

He said Japan would like to further enhance economic cooperation with India and work jointly to enhance regional connectivity, an official statement said.

Parrikar welcomed Japan’s initiative to strengthen bilateral ties.

India and Japan are looking at deepening bilateral defense cooperation amid Tokyo’s ongoing tussle with Beijing.

Japan has been witnessing conflict with China over control of private islands in South China sea. A territorial dispute even exists between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands, which Beijing refers to as the Diaoyu Islands.

India considers relations with Japan very important, which is evident from the fact that he chose Japan as the first country to visit after assuming office of Defense Minister, Parrikar said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who met with Parrikar yesterday, had told him that “a strong” India-Japan partnership was not only in the “national interest of the two” but also “important for peace and security in the region”.

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