Abe’s China visit won’t impact India-Japan ties: Foreign secy

Abe’s China visit won’t impact India-Japan ties: Foreign secy

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau28/10/2018 09:36

New Delhi: The ongoing visit of Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe to China, just ahead of the visit of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the island nation on Sunday, will have no effect on India-Japan ties, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said.

In a sign of a thaw, Abe is making the first visit by a Japanese leader to China in 11 years.

“India and Japan have a shared vision not only of our bilateral ties but in the regional and global perspective, including on the Indo-Pacific... Not only will there be no impact of (Abe’s China) visit, but India welcomes the improvement in ties between China and Japan because an Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and brings every country on board is something that Prime Minister Modi has spoken off,” Gokhale said.

Abe will be in Beijing until Saturday and return to Japan in time to welcome PM Modi on Sunday. The two leaders are expected to dine together at Abe’s holiday home in Yamanashi, take a walk at the hotel offering a magnificent view of Mount Fuji, visit an automated factory and then travel to Tokyo together by train.

The foreign secretary said during the formal talks on Monday in Tokyo, Modi and Abe will discuss the progress of a host of projects, collaboration on projects in third nations along the “Asia-Africa” growth corridor and cooperation on the “connectivity, economic and geostrategic” aspects of the Indo-Pacific region.

India and Japan are already working on an LNG terminal in Sri Lanka, and similar projects will be explored in other parts of India’s neighbourhood during the talks.

Japan is also cooperating in the construction of roads and bridges in the north-eastern region of India, as well as connectivity to Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Gokhale said the Japanese-funded infrastructure projects will be discussed between the Prime Ministers, including the Rs 50,000 crore Dedicated Freight corridor, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor which is expected to be completed by March 2020, and the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

The bullet train project would be completed by 2022, in time for India’s “75th Independence day”, he said.

To questions on delays in executing the high-speed train project, the foreign secretary admitted that there were a “few issues” with land acquisition in Maharashtra, but that the government hoped to sort out them out by “December or January”.

On defence issues, Gokhale said the two sides may agree to begin negotiations on a naval logistics agreement like the India-US LEMOA pact, but they are not expected to conclude and any announcements be made regarding it during this visit.

During his two-day visit to Japan, Modi will also meet the Indian community in Tokyo and attend a business leaders’ event, before leaving for New Delhi on October 29.

China, Japan to partner in building Asia infrastructure

Abe to hold talks with President Xi and Prime Minister Li

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in China on a reset visit that is expected to trigger significant collaboration between Tokyo and Beijing in developing infrastructure in Asia.

Soon after his arrival, Abe was accorded a reception, hosted by his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, at the Great Hall of the People.

The function was held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the China-Japan treaty of friendship.

“Japan and China are playing an indispensable role in the economic development of not just Asia but the world,” Abe said at the event.

The Japanese prime minister will be accorded a ceremonial welcome on Friday morning and will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping later in the day.

During Abe’s talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li, the leaders are expected to seek areas of convergence between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Japan’s concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Analysts say that they are expected to discuss joint development of infrastructure in Asia and Africa during the talks.


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