India, Japan to sign historic defence pact on Modi's Tokyo trip

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    India, Japan to sign historic defence pact on Modi's Tokyo trip

    In a groundbreaking move that will send a strong signal to China, India and Japan have firmed up their first ever defence cooperation agreement and it is expected to be signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit next month.

    It's reliably learnt that the agreement is ready for the Union Cabinet to take it up for approval next week. Sources said Japan too is in the process of completing its own internal formalities ahead of the visit in the first week of September.

    This will be a historic step for Japan as it will be signing its first such agreement outside its traditional alliance partners US, Australia and Britain. The decision in itself reflects Japan's changed interpretation of its pacifist constitution.

    The pact, which is essentially a MoU on defence cooperation and exchanges, sets a framework for engagement, including in equipment purchase and production. Both countries have been engaged in conversations on such issues through a dialogue of senior officials and an agreement now provides a firm basis to the initiative of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his last term.

    Under this framework, sources said, the two sides will look to expand the scope of their joint exercises. India is still to take a call on whether it wants to conduct land- and air-based exercises with Japan keeping in view the levels to which China could be provoked.

    Much of this flows from Abe's initiative to challenge the traditional interpretation of the Japanese constitution through a historic cabinet decision in July, which recognised Japan's right to collective self-defence. This opened up possibilities for Japan to enter into defence arrangements with other key partners and also expand its equipment manufacturing potential.

    The Japanese government views this as a natural response to the deteriorating security environment in its region, the constant stand-offs with China over the Senkaku Islands and the growing Chinese military might that has upset the balance of power in East Asia.

    In recent years, Japan has established trilateral dialogues, involving the United States, with different countries. Its growing assertiveness has evoked counter-reactions from China, giving tense moments to other countries in the region.

    For India, however, the challenge is to keep the balance in its favour. It may be noted that within two weeks of his return from Japan, Modi is due to host Chinese President Xi Jinping in India, where again key strategic issues will be on the table



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    This is what I had mentioned will most probably take place.

    It was so obvious.

    A good signal to all concerned.
     
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    Mr @Ray as per my observations we need alliances in military and economics , until we can face China in case of Chinese aggression.

    The current defense pact is like the co operation between China and Pakistan.

    India is a responsible country and India will make sure other countries will benefit from the "rise of India".
     
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    Japan - India defense cooperation.

    Indeed, very good news.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Pacts will get our adversaries back up and will not allow subtle approaches to bilateral issues between us and the adversaries.

    Alliances. or better still loose cooperation, will allow enough leeway to be some sort of a Pact and yet have manoeuvre space in deciding various bilateral issues, naturally with the consent and approval o four alliance partners.

    With India's 'rise' our partners will also 'rise' in tandem.

    Unlike the China - Pakistan thingumabob, which is a one sided partnership i.e. China taking Pakistan piggyback and groaning, any partnership India negotiates, it will be for the benefit of all partners and none piggybacking anyone.
     
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    Let us see if anything concrete comes out this Abe-Modi meeting. Signing cleverly written documents are of no use. Military agreements are not worth it. US and Japan have a major military cum economic agreements. Japan recovered within ten years after the nuclear catastrophe upon Them. An agreement on these lines with economic handshake first and military agreements later would be the proper mode. I think Mr. Modi knows this better than anybody.
     
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    this looks like our own string of Nimboo mirchi to ward off evil intentions towards our country.
     

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