Pact on India-Japan-U.S. trilateral in the offing

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    http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article1628673.ece

    A Japan-India-United States trilateral — an idea on the boil for the past one year — will now come to fruition with all sides agreeing to discuss regional and international issues under this format.

    “It was agreed to establish an India-Japan-United States trilateral dialogue on regional and global issues of shared interest. These consultations, agreed to earlier by the U.S., will be conducted by the Foreign Ministries of the three countries,” said a Ministry of External Affairs news release after the end of India-Japan Foreign Office consultations in Japan.

    The announcement comes days before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is due to meet the top Chinese leadership in Sanya on the sidelines of the Brazil-Russia-India-China summit (with South Africa to join in as a new member).

    Both sides are expected to announce a major economic initiative to broad-base their bilateral dialogue. Dr. Singh is also likely to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and an economic engagement is on the cards.

    The trilateral initiative was announced after all sides had tested the waters by holding a trilateral naval exercise off the coast of Okinawa in Japan. The earlier plan was to hold a India-U.S. naval exercise under the “Malabar Series” near Okinawa as India wanted the involvement the U.S. Marines, who were based in strength off this Japanese city. Along the way, it was decided to involve Japan as well.

    The idea of conducting multi-nation naval exercises led by the U.S. and involving India was given up after one attempt in 2007 following concerted protests by the Left Parties. Its partial revival this year did not give rise to much opposition.

    Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao met Japanese Vice-Foreign Minister Kenichiro Sasae and Deputy Foreign Minister Koro Bessho on Friday and also called on Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto.

    Ms. Rao clarified that India had not yet taken a decision on banning Japanese food imports. India will consult Japan before taking a decision on the advisory issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

    The two sides agreed that the new Ministerial-level Economic Dialogue, announced by the Prime Ministers in Tokyo last year, would be led by the Foreign Ministers of the two countries. The first meeting will take place later this year.

    With India keen on securing Japan's backing for a seat on the quartet of non-proliferation international organisations including the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement, Ms. Rao reaffirmed the importance of nuclear power as a clean source of energy for India's continued growth. Both sides steered clear of mentioning the stalled India-Japan civil nuclear talks, which hit a roadblock after three rounds.
     
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    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110409/jsp/nation/story_13831740.jsp

    New Delhi, April 8: India and Japan today agreed to set up a trilateral dialogue with the US “on regional and global issues of shared interest”, a move bound to cause consternation in Beijing.

    “The two sides (India and Japan) agreed to establish an India-Japan-US trilateral dialogue on regional and global issues of shared interest,” said an external affairs ministry statement on foreign secretary Nirupama Rao’s consultations with Japanese leaders during her two-day visit to Tokyo that started today.

    The US has already given its nod to such a dialogue, to be conducted by the foreign ministries of the countries, the statement said.

    Rao held discussions with Japanese vice-foreign minister Kenichiro Sasae and deputy foreign minister Koro Bessho. She also called on foreign minister Takeaki Matsumoto.

    Sources said the trilateral dialogue would focus on discussing East Asian security. Countries in the region, led by Japan, have been apprehensive of the growing Chinese aggressiveness and have been pushing New Delhi to play a bigger role as a counterweight to Beijing. New Delhi and Tokyo, apart from their close trade ties, have of late worked towards deepening their strategic partnership.

    Rao also held talks on the proposed India-Japan civil nuclear agreement. The negotiations have been affected by the quake-triggered crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

    India needs Japanese reactors for its civil nuclear programme. “Both sides will continue to discuss the way forward for co-operation,” said the ministry statement.

    Rao also clarified that New Delhi “had not yet taken a decision on banning Japanese food imports” in wake of the radiation leaks. The Centre had “suspended” such imports earlier this week.
     
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    A nice gesture, whilst China, Korea and Russia are starting to ban...
     
  5. AOE

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    Looks like the first major move of a power shift in Asia. About time too.
     
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    Russia may have disagreements many a times with the US and EU, but to think of an alliance as above is immature. You forgot the India factor in there. China's only ally in Asia is NKorea and not Korea(Korea simply means SKorea). When the time comes China's closest ally Pakistan will tuck it's tail between it's leg and leave the scene, I hope you read about the political scenarios in Pakistan in the morning newspaper. Burma to an extent, but in no position to challenge even Bangladesh. Two to tango!

    Yeah! About time. Part of the fault lies within successive GoI and the direction-less NAM Policy, otherwise it would not have taken 63 years for India to understand strategic alliances and national interests.
     
  7. amoy

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    A power shift in Asia? Hardly.

    How long will JP recover from the quake+tsunami triggered nuclear crisis? At best JP and IN start civil nuke cooperation, in which JP now is "experienced" enough. Or a few joint naval exercises of US+JP+IN. CN+RU have already ganged up on JP over West Pacific as both have island disputes with JP. That trilateral alliance would only force CN and RU to get even closer.

    SK? It's already neutralized by CN
     
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    Its not a power shift actually but its an alliance in the making and if nurtured well will not be so good for chinese interests. Whether chinese accept it or not but its not a good news for them .As this relationships shape up in coming year it will help India for sure as we will have access to many critical technologies that other countries have to steal . Japan and Indians ganging up to tackle a common enemy is best thing to happen in Asia. Both complement each other well and need each other .

    Russia claiming a japanese Island doesnt mean that they are allied with Chinese . For them Chinese are bigger threat in future .
     
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