India and Japan, two of the largest and oldest democracies in Asia having a high degree of congruence of political, economic and strategic interests, view each other as partners that have responsibility for and are capable of responding to global and regional challenges.”

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe visit will be considered as one of the most successful visits of a country head in a long time.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, supervised the signing of a number of pacts, including the civil nuclear energy agreement.

Modi said: “No less historic is the decision to introduce High-Speed Rail on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector through Shinkansen, known for speed, reliability and safety”.

Modi said Japan committed an investment of $35 billion. “The figure had surprised many at that time, but today, within a short time span, unimaginable progress had been made, and the contours of this investment were beginning to get visible on the ground,” .

India is also looking to purchase at least 12 Japanese US-2i amphibious aircraft for the Navy for around $1.3 billion, with the Coast Guard also wanting five such planes.

The strenghtened relationship between India and Japan is important considering China.

China’s Global Times said in an article on Friday that Abe’s visit was part of Japan’s attempts to contain China.


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