Digital Desk, Tokyo. India and Japan have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation on maritime security, including expansion of joint exercises and high-level defense dialogue.
Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met their Japanese counterparts Hamada Yasukazu and Hayashi Yoshimasa during the 2nd India-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held in Tokyo on 8 September.
They discussed in detail the all-important challenges to the rules-based global order, which increasingly binds the two countries while strengthening their special strategic and global partnership.
India and Japan are members of many influential global forums. India will chair the G20 next year, which will be overlapping with Japan’s presidency of the G7. Their shared commitment to reformed multilateralism is reflected in their regular G4 consultations, the next session of which is to be held later this month.
Citing their common interests as active providers of development assistance, particularly in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa, Jaishankar said the scope of the Special Strategic Partnership between India and Japan extends far beyond the immediate region.
Japan was the second country after the US to have two plus two talks with India. The SDF and the Indian Army, which conducted their first joint naval exercise in 2012, have since participated in several joint exercises with other countries. Japan and India entered into an acquisition and cross-servicing agreement in 2020.
The 2 plus 2 ministerial meeting assumes significance against the backdrop of heightened tensions in the Taiwan Straits. In August, China reportedly fired five ballistic missiles into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone during a military exercise, China’s largest ever missile in the Taiwan Strait.
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