Japan, India Leaders Agree to Step up Defense, Economic Ties

The leaders of Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their cooperation in defense, trade and a range or other areas amid China’s growing influence in the region. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, said they are expanding ammunition sales and high-level defense talks and joint military exercises. “Relations between Japan and India have the biggest potential in the world,” Abe told a joint news conference after holding talks with Modi. “A strong Japan benefits India and a strong India benefits Japan.” Modi, through an interpreter, responded, “Without India-Japan cooperation, there will be no development in Asia into the next century.” India is one of the countries that Japan has reached out to form defense partnerships, as Tokyo seeks to expand its military cooperation beyond its traditional alliance with the U.S. amid China’s increasingly assertive military presence in the region. Japan in recent years...


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