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  1. $@rJen

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    Japan Wants Closer Maritime Security Cooperation With India
    Published January 18, 2015 | By admin
    SOURCE: PTI

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    Japan today pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, saying both nations should “proactively” assume responsibilities to ensure “open and stable seas” in the region, comments seen as an effort to contain China’s growing assertiveness in South China Sea.

    Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said India and Japan have huge interests in the region extending from the Indian Ocean through the South China Sea to the Pacific and both the countries should work jointly under their “special partnership” to ensure maritime security.

    In an address at the Indian Council of World Affairs here, Kishida took a subtle dig at China on the South China Sea dispute and recalled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proposal of “three principles of the rule of law at sea” including not using “force or coercion” in trying to drive claims.

    “Japan and India have been increasing cooperation in the field of maritime security, through efforts such as joint maritime exercises between defense authorities, as well as the implementation of dialogue and combined exercises between coast guards. It is important to further strengthen our cooperation,” he said.

    Kishida, who called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, is on his first overseas visit here after Abe registered a landmark victory in national election last month.

    Stressing on enhancing maritime ties, the Japanese Foreign Minister said “we should even more proactively assume our responsibilities to protect ‘Open and Stable Seas’ under our special partnership.”

    Japanese diplomatic sources said Japan wanted India to play a central role in the Indo-Pacific region while referring to increasing activities by China in the seas and airspace around Japan, including alleged intrusion into its territorial waters, particularly in Senkaku Islands.

    Calling Japan and India as the most successful democracies and free nations in Asia, Kishida said leadership from both countries is essential for the Indo-Pacific region. “Both India and Japan are maritime countries whose interests depend on the safety of sea lanes.”

    “Japan intends to contribute to building a new era for the Indo-Pacific region, based on the special partnership with India,” Kishida said.

    On Indo-Japan defence cooperation, he specifically referred to maritime exercise, discussions on amphibian aircraft US-2 which both sides may go for joint production, and negotiations on cooperation in defence equipment.

    “It is important to further strengthen our cooperation through defence equipment cooperation including the US-2 amphibian aircraft and Japan’s continued participation in the India-US Malabar maritime exercises,” he said.

    Talking about economic ties between the two countries, Kishida said Japan will extend strong support to India to help it become a global “base” of economic growth.

    “Under Abenomics, the Government of Japan supports the overseas advancement of Japanese enterprises, while India has been strengthening its manufacturing industry by attracting investment under Modinomics,” he said.

    He also proposed construction of an energy network within the SAARC countries to boost untapped trade and investment opportunities in the region.

    In his address, Kishida said Japan was prepared to provide “robust” contribution and cooperation to enhance connectivity in Northeastern region and link it with neighbouring SAARC and ASEAN countries.

    He said the ‘Japan-India Investment Promotion Partnership’ agreed to at the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abe in September last year in Tokyo seeks synergies between “Abenomics and Modinomics”.
     
  2. Indo-guy

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    Japan is a very disciplined and methodical country ...
    The Indo-Japanese co-operation has not realized its full potential due to inertia on both sides .

    The negotiations in many areas seems to be long and protracted .but I personally feel US2 is too costly for us ...I hope that deal takes long time till we have strong economy ...may be after 5 years ...
     
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    The Thing is Japs are so irritating when it comes to deals... they're pushing India to join NPT which delayed the agreement on Civil nuck deal last year.
     
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    I think NaMo should simply refuse to join the NPT point blank.

    Japan though trying to be independent, cannot handle too much US pressure indirectly to press us into it. Therefore, their government is keen for us to join NPT.

    Unless we take a decisive step to simply refuse NPT upfront under any condition, and show that we cannot compromise national interests for trade, this deal will keep dragging on.

    But we can certainly cooperate in the case of conventional defence.
     
  5. Indo-guy

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    Believe me Japanese govt have their own compulsions .

    they are hard to negotiate than even US ...

    We have to play by their rules .

    See even with favorable Japanese PM the nuclear deal is stalled so long ..that itself tells us the difficulties that lie ...

    I hope Me Abe will be able to give fillip to this and accelerate process . we already here that there is 15% rise in Japanese companies since last year . we need to maintain that momentum ...
     
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    The increasing India-Japan bonhomie will be a headache for China and a major succor for the United States. India, Japan and the US have been having a Trilateral Dialogue on security issues since November 2011. Abe has been a vocal supporter of India’s increased presence in the Pacific another red rag for China.

    And also It is the good move for India as well as Japan to develop the strategic partnership in the case of defense, infrastructure collaborations. But, it will be better for India if there are collaborations in the field of basic science and in the applied science as-well.
     
  7. Indo-guy

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    There is no way we are going to sign NPT . Be assured !!!

    Even the MMS who was so pro -nuclear and pro US refused to sign NPT .

    Signing NPT is out of the question ..

    Indeed Japanese help in field of basic science and applied science will be very great .

    we should work on the low hanging fruits like that rather than things like Civil Nuclear deal which is going on and on ...

    The real benefit will come with these long term collaborations in field of education and technology .

    Defence infra structure u is something that may take long time .

    But we need to use Japan's leadership in electronics , robotics to our benefit . It will be a great catalyst for Make in India ...
     
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    Agreed we will not sign NPT in any circumstances
     
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    only military product till date on the market is a US 2 only 4 planes were made till date good plane but not comfortable with the deal unless they give full TOT but i don't see that happening.

    Defense infrastructure heheh the US-2, will be Japan's first overseas military sale in nearly 50 years. So god knows what the japs are willing to invest in the defense infrastructure

    Hanging fruits don't know why you brought that i was talking in the sense of robotics and electronics that is what i meant basic science and applied science because barring IIT's and NIITS REC's rest of the engineering syllabus out dated and most of the engineering collages are shit