PM Modi in Japan

PM Modi in Japan

PM Modi in Japan

On Sunday, PM Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks over lunch and a private dinner at the latter's holiday home.

The 2+2 Dialogue will be an addition to the existing mechanisms like the Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue, Defence Policy Dialogue, the National Security Advisers' Dialogue, and Staff-level Dialogue.

Meanwhile, Modi asked Japanese businessmen to engage more with India as he interacted with top business leaders from the two countries at a forum here.

Mr. Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, further announced the start of negotiations on an Acquisition and Cross-servicing Agreement, a logistics-sharing pact, that would allow Japanese ships to get fuel and servicing at Indian naval bases. The two leaders discussed regional issues including North Korea and agreed to cooperate in achieving the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

Relations with China are a major issue shared by Modi and Abe, as their cooperation might balance China's growing regional influence and military assertiveness. "My best wishes are with you", PM Modi said, ahead of the commencement of the Diwali festivities back in India. "Today India is making tremendous progress in the field of digital infrastructure". This is the 12th meeting between the two leaders in the last four years.

The prime minister leaves for India later today.

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China is a strategic and economic rival of India.

"[We] will have a frank exchange of views and I'd like to deepen our cooperative ties for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region", Abe said at a meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday described Make in India as a "global brand" while underlining his government's initiative to boost manufacturing in India, particularly in mobile phone manufacturing. India and Japan also exchanged a Notes and Loan Agreement for the second tranche of Japanese official development assistance loan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed railway project.

Japan and India also discussed joint infrastructure projects in the region, including Sri Lanka.

"India is going through a massive transformative phase and worldwide agencies say the country will drive the growth of the global economy in the coming decade", he told the gathering.

It is the first time for Abe to invite a foreign dignitary to the cottage. "There are no negatives but only opportunities in this relationship which are waiting to be seized". The two will reportedly ride the bullet train back to Tokyo.

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