Joint Development In Defence And Nuclear Key For India-Japan Talks

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| September 14 , 2017 , 08:21 IST

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is currently on a two-day visit to India, and highlights of his visit include setting the foundation stone for the construction of India's very first Bullet Train, but apart from the landmark train, India and Japan are expected to deepen their bilateral relationship, especially in fields of defence and nuclear.

India and Japan are looking towards joint development to lead the bilateral relations, however, since the bureaucracies are slow in both the nations, the goal may take some time. Although an official joint statement is yet to be issued, India is expected to finalise its first defence purchase from Japan of the US-2 amphibious plane, which has been on the table for years.

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The threat of North Korea becoming worse, Japan is seeking defence partnership with nations that can deliver ballistic and cruise missiles, PM Abe's top foreign policy advisor Katsuyuki Kawai said during a visit to India last week.

As the civil nuclear deal signed between India and Japan in November 2016 finally reaches completion after being cleared by the Japanese Parliament in June, India is seeking more collaboration in the field of nuclear development.

Compared to Russian nuclear collaborations where the foreign partner develops the entire nuclear reactor from scratch, collaborations with Japan involves Japanese companies investing and supporting Indian firms in designing, building and operating reactors.

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Japanese companies including Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi and other smaller nuclear companies have been invited to support the nuclear development in India, out of which Westinghouse, a Toshiba company, will be supporting the construction of 6 reactors in Andhra Pradesh. In May, the Indian government had finalised the decision to build 10 new nuclear power reactors.

In a move to counter the rapid expansion of China in Asian trade, India and Japan are also teaming up to bring out more connectivity projects in other Asian and African countries. The India-Japan collaboration may not be sufficient competition to the Chinese OBOR (One Belt, One Road) as India and Japan are planning to involve more local interests in the planned trade route.

PM Abe was warmly welcomed to India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a roadshow was also conducted in the honour of the Japanese PM.