India-Japan relations have new responsibilities and goals, including global tensions over the Kovid epidemic and disruptive challenges to stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. Strong international economic ties, capable of resisting coercion and exploitation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Japan on Monday on a two-day visit to attend the summit of quad leaders, wrote in an opinion editorial in a leading Japanese newspaper. He said Japan-India relations were “special, strategic and global”.
The Quad, or Quartet Security Dialogue, is a regional structure consisting of India, the United States, Japan, and Australia based on shared interests in strategic Indo-Pacific cooperation. Member states say they share the values of “democracy, independence and an international system of governance.”
India and Japan will contribute to creating an open, free and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, connected by safe seas, unified by trade and investment, defined by respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and anchored in international law, Prime Minister Modi added.
Wrote an article on the lively relations between India and Japan. We have a partnership for peace, stability and prosperity. I look forward to our special friendship journey that has completed 70 glorious years. য়ো yomiuri_onlinehttps://t.co/nXx8y3qiQL
– Narendra Modi (arenarendramodi) May 23, 2022
The formation of the quad, experts believe, is an attempt to counter Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region where it has regional disputes with various countries.
The Chinese government claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim part of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea. It is also involved in a maritime dispute with Japan over the East China Sea.
Prime Minister Modi is in Japan at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. In an op-ed on the lively relations between India and Japan in the Yomiuri Shimbun magazine, he highlighted the partnership between the two countries in the fields of defense production, cyber, space and underwater.
“Ever since I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, I have had the opportunity to communicate regularly with the Japanese people. Japan’s development progress has always been commendable. Japan is partnering with India in important sectors including infrastructure, technology, innovation, start-ups and more.” PM Modi tweeted one after another.
From Bodhisena to Swami Vivekananda, India-Japan cultural relations have a long and rich history of mutual respect and learning from each other, he said in the op-ed.
He said that among the personal treasures cherished by Mahatma Gandhi were small statues of Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru, three wise monkeys.
Justice Radha Binod Pal is a well-known name in Japan, and Gurudev Tagore’s admiration for Japan and his interaction with Okakura Tenshin helped establish the initial connection between artists and intellectuals on both sides, he said.
“These deep ties have laid a strong foundation for a modern India-Japan partnership that continues to flourish as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations,” he said.
It is not only the sophistication of Japanese technology and skills, but also the seriousness and long-term commitment of Japan’s leadership and business that has made Japan one of Gujarat’s preferred industry partners and the most prominent presence since its inception at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, he said.
Japan has also proved to be an invaluable partner in India’s journey towards development and modernization. From the automobile sector to the industrial corridor, there are real Pan-Indian footprints of Japanese investment and development assistance, according to Mr Modi.
He said the iconic Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project symbolizes Japan’s extensive cooperation in some important efforts to build a new India.
“We have come a long way since we established diplomatic relations in 1952. In my opinion, though, the best is yet to come. Today, as both India and Japan seek to revitalize and reshape our economy in the post-Covidian era, trade and There is ample opportunity to deepen our engagement across the entire spectrum, from investment to defense and security, “said Prime Minister Modi.
Over the past few years, India has embarked on a journey to build a strong foundation for manufacturing, services, agriculture and digital technology infrastructure, he said.
“I see Japan as an essential partner in India’s ongoing transformation. For Japan, India’s speed and scale combine with an ambitious plan to do business with ease, attractive incentives, bold reforms and unparalleled opportunities,” the Prime Minister wrote.
“We have built a dynamic start-up ecosystem in India with more than 100 unicorns. The Japanese capital is already playing a key role in this effort. And there is much more to be done,” he said.
There is a greater need for India-Japan partnership and it serves a larger purpose, he said.
“In March 2022 in Delhi, Prime Minister Kishida and I have drawn up a roadmap for our countries to further deepen and expand our special strategic and global partnership to work together for a peaceful, stable and prosperous post-Covid world,” he said. . , Expressed confidence that his meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan would lead to real progress in the implementation of this ambitious agenda.
In addition to Mr Modi, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese will attend the Quad Summit in Tokyo on May 24.
On the sidelines of the summit, Prime Minister Modi will hold separate bilateral meetings with the three heads of state.