Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his way to Japan for his two-day visit on November 11-12. Japan and India are Asia’s second and third largest economies, and they are expected to discuss in the matters of co-operations including investment, trade and security. Apart from that, a civil nuclear deal might also be signed by both the countries. This will be the third annual summit between Japan PM Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi. The most notable deal that is expected to be signed is the nuclear civilian energy deal, apart from the sensitive discussions on China’s claims on the South China Sea.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on twitter this morning, “An eastward sojourn begins, this time for the Annual Summit with Japan. PM departs for Tokyo.” PM Modi, when he meets PM Abe, will be looking into the entire spectrum of bilateral co-operation. From Tokyo, Modi, accompanied by Abe, will travel to Kobe by the famed Shinkansen bullet train, the technology that will be deployed for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway. He will visit the Kawasaki Heavy Industries facility in Kobe, where high speed railway is manufactured, PTI reported.
Modi said in a statement Wednesday, “I will have a detailed interaction with top business leaders from India and Japan, to look for ways to further strengthen our trade and investment ties. Our partnership with Japan is characterized as a Special Strategic and Global Partnership. India and Japan see each other through a prism of shared Buddhist heritage, democratic values, and commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based global order.”
After the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster, the nuclear deal negotiations were halted due to political resistance in Japan. After many years, the deal is expected to be signed. This nuclear treaty have Japan export nuclear technology to our country, and it will be necessary step towards India’s nuclear deals with the US, France and other countries.
Japan also expects India to have a say in China’s rising clout and territorial claims. Beijing wants deep-water naval presence and sovereignty in disputed areas of the East and South China Sea as well as the Indian Ocean region, parts of which is also claimed by Japan. This is going to be a sticking point for India, as it has its own territorial dispute with China across the 4,000-km land shared-boundary.