- Agreed to increase defense cooperation and participate in combat aircraft exercises
- Rajnath Singh also tweeted
- Support given to Japan’s plans
India Japan: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday met Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and stressed the importance of close coordination of the two countries’ interests and policies to ensure peace and stability in the region. Singh and Jaishankar had on Thursday attended ‘two plus two’ talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted
Jaishankar tweeted, “Happy to speak with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after our ‘2+2’ meeting. Stressed the importance of close coordination between India and Japan’s interests and their policies. Will be implemented soon.
Rajnath Singh also tweeted
Singh tweeted that the partnership between India and Japan will play an important role in ensuring peace and stability in the region. Singh condoled the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abo during the meeting. Abe died on July 8 after being shot during a political event. India and Japan on Thursday agreed to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation and participate in several military exercises, including the first fighter jet exercises, during the second ‘two plus two dialogue’ on Thursday.
Support given to Japan’s plans
They stressed that the two countries’ special bilateral strategic and global partnership plays an important role in ensuring a free, fair and law-based Indo-Pacific region amid China’s growing aggression in the Indo-Pacific region. India also extended its support to Japan’s plans to expand and modernize its defense forces, including “counter-attack capabilities”, in an apparent bid to deter an aggressive China.
Japan and India are members of the Quad
Without naming any country, the statement said Japan also decided to review all necessary options for national defense, including “so-called ‘counter-attack capabilities’.” Quad’, which also includes the US and Australia. It is a strategic grouping that some consider important in countering China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
China claims almost all of the South China Sea, while Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam also claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.
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