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India-Japan ties set to warm up

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  1. IndoCarib

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    As Japan emerges from political instability triggered by the fall of Naoto Kan government, Tokyo has said that India will be exempted from cuts in Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), being enforced on other countries, following the Tsunami and the Fukushima disaster in March-April of this year.

    India, the highest recipient of Japanese ODA since 2003 will thus maintain its pole position. The affirmation about Japanese commitment to helping India's infrastructure and social sectors came ahead of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna's visit next week for the Fifth India-Japan Strategic Dialogue on October 28 and 29.

    Japan's signal on ODA aid, coupled with Mr. Krishna's discussions on strategic issues including maritime security, will set the stage for a visit by Defence Minister A.K. Antony November 2 and 3.

    Officials are trying to squeeze in a 2+2, involving Defence and Foreign Secretaries from both sides, and also coordinate the dates for an India-Japan-U.S. trilateral. Diplomats are trying to time this trilateral around the East Asia Summit–10 Association of South East Asian Nations along with eight observers– during which the maritime security, especially in South China Sea, would be discussed extensively.

    Security related discussions during these interactions would coalesce into a vision on maritime security for the seas between India and Japan during a summit interaction between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Japanese counterpart Yushihiko Noda towards the end of December.

    These engagements would breathe life into India's developing bilateral ties with Japan which went on the backburner after political instability in Tokyo and the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. “We thought India-Japan ties are immune to changes in government in Tokyo. Unfortunately domestic stability in Japan has caught up with our bilateral relations,” Government sources had then observed. “Japan still retains focus on domestic issues as it copes with the aftermath of the disaster. Now that a new Government is in place we have these meetings bunched up which will give a push to our bilateral ties,” they now say.

    A subject rarely mentioned is civil nuclear energy cooperation. Staring with a bang in 2010 with backing from top Japanese corporate chieftains, talks hit a roadblock after three rounds and have since taken the backseat due to the Fukushima nuclear plant incident.

    The absence of an India-Japan civil nuclear agreement will hamper progress on civil nuclear plants to be built in India by the U.S. and France as Japanese companies making critical components for the reactor vessel will not be able to enter into tie ups. Some discussions have since been held but the political sensitivity of the issue in Japan, heightened by the radiation leak, has led to low prospects of it being signed in the near future.

    Though a nuclear agreement remains elusive, Mr. Krishna will hold discussions on India's desire to join the four non-proliferation international organisations including the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement which are scheduled to hold meetings in the coming months.

    However, the Japanese assurance on ODA means economic ties will remain the vital cog for India-Japan relations even as both sides continue coordinating their positions on the security and civil nuclear issues. It also means that despite the economic crises in Europe and Japan's own economic woes, the multi-billion dollar Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor will remain on course.

    The assurance on ODA reciprocates then Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao's keeping her commitment to visit Tokyo despite the Tsunami. “The dates for consultations were fixed before the disaster hit Japan. They did not want to change the dates to project a business-as-usual scenario. We agreed because Ms. Rao's presence would be a way to show our support to Japan,” said sources.

    The Hindu : Business / Economy : India-Japan ties set to warm up
     
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    India-Japan ties might go to the level of India-Israel ties...
     
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    Agreed............
    Japan has a formidable Navy and it can be a stabilizing force is south china sea.
     
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    Possible, but also with the same limitations, because at the end they are as dependend on the US as Israel is and their industry is also limited to certain arms and techs. That's why I want deeper ties with France, as an real alternative to Russia, because only they can provide us with really any arms and tech they develop. Fighters, helicopter, tanks, artillery, subs, frigats, carriers, ToT for nuclear propusions, co-developments and if needed even force to support us and all this completelly independent from the US.