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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, at a signing ceremony, New Delhi, India, Dec. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Manish Swarup).

The Keys to Closer India-Japan Ties After Abe’s Successful Visit

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

During his visit to New Delhi last December, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, pledged to transform India and Japan’s partnership into a “deep, broad-based and action-oriented relationship.” Behind the lofty rhetoric were several major developments, most of all finally reaching a consensus on the text of a bilateral civil nuclear agreement, long in the works, that would allow Japan to directly export nuclear plants to India. It would be signed, Abe and Modi said, once “technical details” were sorted out.

In addition to the nuclear deal, they announced that Japan would provide $12 billion in soft loans to finance India’s first high-speed rail system. They also reached several defense agreements, including on India’s purchase and domestic manufacture of a Japanese military seaplane. The contracts are flagship projects for India and Japan’s infrastructure and defense cooperation and are intended to dovetail with Modi’s “Make in India” manufacturing program. ...

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