Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Strengthen relation with Japan

Strengthening relation with Japan is in India’s benefit and it will always help keep the China in check in Asia. With the growing relations with Japan in the field of economy and security, India will be immensely benefited. The close and friendly relation between Japan and India will also play as balancing act in Asia. Otherwise, China will continue to consider itself to be the sole leader in the region. To establish its supremacy and dominance in Asia, China sees India as its formidable rival. Time and again, China’s People’s Liberation Army personnel do mischief by crossing the Line of Control(LoC) and put up tent to show its claim on a peace of Indian land to the world. It also time and again encroaches on Indian territory adjacent to the border of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. While Arunachal Pradesh is the integral part of India and it will remain so. China still hesitates in recognizing the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and toes the Pakistani line and issues stapled visas to the Indian citizen belonging to Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh. While Jammu and Kashmir is the integral part of India and it will also remain so. It is the inalienable part of India. Shinzo Abe is the first Japanese Prime Minister to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations and marvel at India’s military might showcased at the event. It amply reflects the cozy relation between the two nations. A regular consultation between the national security secretariat of Japan and India’s national security advisor was the big announcement of the two-day visit. Japanese PM has rightly said that a strong India and a strong Japan can come together and can do wonders.Though no major defence deals were clinched, the two countries decided that Defence Minister AK Antony will visit Japan this year. The two nations have also decided to conduct a joint military exercise in the Pacific Ocean.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rightly emphasised on the importance of cooperation in the seas. India and Japan’s maritime exercises have now been established on an annual basis. The mood for growing trade and co-operation is so strong in India that Indian companies lined up for Japenese investments and technology. Since 2013, the engagement between the two countries has increased manifold. But is it just about economy or there is also a larger message to the other Asian giant, China? Mr Abe’s trip comes in between Japan and China locking themselves in a bitter row over islands in the East China Sea. In the given situation, closeness of Japan with India will naturally give headache. Both Japan and India have said that their growing relation with each other has nothing to do with China. Though both India and Japan maintain that their relationship is independent of their relations with China, strategic experts don’t find it to be entirely true. India hopes to gain from Japanese technology, capital and management methods and that Japan could help in the India story by creating modern infrastructure. The Japanese PM has assured that his country is interested in working with India in the areas of technology and human resources.

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