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India-Japan Ties Cornerstone Of Our Act East Policy: PM Modi Calls It Key To Stability In Indo-Pacific Region

Mumbai: India’s relationship with Japan is a key component of its vision for peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

He made the remarks at a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Taro Kono, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The two Japanese ministers are currently in India to attend the first edition of Indo-Japan defence and foreign ministerial dialogue.

It was all about developing the relationship between the two-nation and all must get the benefits of this.

Regarding this, the PM said he was looking forward to welcoming his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to India for India-Japan annual summit next month.

“The prime minister added that India’s relationship with Japan was a key component of our vision for Indo-Pacific for peace, stability and prosperity of the region, as well as a cornerstone of India’s Act East Policy,” the MEA said.

Both India and Japan have been pushing for formulating a broad and comprehensive approach for the Indo-Pacific region for regional peace, prosperity and stability. China has been fast expanding military and economic influence in the Indo-Pacific region, triggering concern in various countries of the region and beyond.

The Indo-Japan defence and foreign ministerial talks under the new two-plus-two framework are taking place after PM Modi and PM Abe met last year during the 13th India-Japan annual summit.

The new mechanism was decided to build io regarding deepening bilateral security and defence cooperation and bring greater depth to the special strategic and global partnership between the two countries.

According to the latest report by SCMP, satellite images have shown that China has deployed an operational aerostat in the disputed Mischief Reef to conduct reconnaissance in the South China Sea.

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