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2014年9月 3日 (水)

日印首脳会談 高次元の戦略的関係を築こう

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Japan, India must work toward building even greater strategic ties
日印首脳会談 高次元の戦略的関係を築こう

Japan and India must step up efforts to elevate their bilateral relations to a higher level by deepening cooperation in both security and economic sectors.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a summit meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Monday. A joint statement, issued after the meeting, said that Abe and Modi “pledged to realize the full potential of the Japan-India Strategic and Global Partnership.”

Speaking at a news conference afterward, Abe stressed the importance of Japan-India relations, saying: “They have the greatest potential in the world. Bilateral ties will be improved dramatically in all sectors.”

Modi responded by saying Japan takes a high place in India’s diplomacy.

Modi, who successfully brought about a change of government in his country for the first time in 10 years, chose Japan as the first major country to visit since taking office in May, indicating how highly he regards India’s relationship with Japan. When he was prime minister of the Gujarat State government in western India, he attracted investment from Japanese businesses. He is a Japanophile and has a personal friendship with Abe.

Based on the two leaders’ relationship of mutual trust, it is important to develop bilateral relations that are beneficial to both sides.

As for the security issue, Abe and Modi agreed to increase dialogues between the foreign and defense ministers of the two countries and conduct joint exercises between the Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Indian Navy regularly. They also confirmed the two countries will accelerate talks on the export of Japan-made US-2 amphibian rescue aircraft. All these matters need to be carried out steadily.

The sea-lane carrying crude oil from the Middle East to Japan passes through the Indian Ocean. Security cooperation with India is crucial from the viewpoint of ensuring maritime safety.

Security cooperation vital

China has been increasing its presence aggressively not only in the East China and South China seas, but also in the Indian Ocean. India has been increasingly wary about China’s actions, meaning that Japan-India cooperation on maritime security is beneficial to both nations.

It is essential for Japan and India to expand three-nation cooperation — including the United States — to persistently pressure China to comply with international laws and resolve disputes peacefully.

On the economic front, Abe announced that Japan would provide India with investments and loans totaling about ¥3.5 trillion through the public and private sectors over a five-year period. The two leaders also concurred on expanding the advance of Japanese firms into India and doubling direct investment there.

Modi, who assumed power after campaigning for economic rehabilitation, places great expectations on strengthening economic relations with Japan.

India, with a population of 1.2 billion, is a promising market. However, Japanese firms are strongly dissatisfied with India’s legal systems and regulations, which they say are inadequate and complex. Both governments must work together to improve the situation.

Abe announced a plan to provide a yen credit of ¥50 billion to help India develop social infrastructure such as a high-speed railway. He also suggested that Japan might provide financial and technical support so India would be able to introduce the Shinkansen bullet train system. Joint efforts by the public and private sectors are indispensable to win orders for railway projects in India.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Sept. 2, 2014)Speech


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