Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began a visit to India today. According to Japanese Chief Yoshihide Suga, Japan will work together with India to strengthen pressure on North Korea. In addition, the two countries will also exchange views on economic cooperation. But, as many analysts say, the stategy of Japan-India cooperation was not at all as simple as publicised. China is the unspoken subtext of the two countries.
In the hearts of some strategic designers from Japan, ….. Japan’s moving, closer to India shows Japan’s policy towards India to be as follows:
Diplomats see India as a (key) force in the strategy. From the year 2000, the then Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshiro Mori, visited India, and a “21 century global partnership” was established between Japan and India, which opened new scenarios in the history of Japan-India relations. In the year 2005, Koizumi visited India and stressed that Japan and India were “new partners in Asia”, on the concept of a “new strategic focus” on “global partnership”. In the year 2006, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Japan to promote bilateral relations to th elevel of a “strategic global partnership”. Since then, the relationship between the two countries was, for for the first time, invested with “strategic” significance. The same year, a new “Department of South Asia” was created in the Asia Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, specifically for India, Pakistan and Southeast Asian affairs, reflecting the importance Japan attached to India. Japan believes that India is a rising power, and India’s advance towards a market economy should be supported by Japan, making it the region’s “constructive partnership”. Therefore, Japan has effected an expansion of its ODA assistance to India, as well as economic and trade exchanges, to strengthen bilateral relations and economic aid to India as an important pillar of Japan’s foreign policy.
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