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India-Japan bilateral meet today, Rajnath Singh-S Jaishankar to take part

The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Modi laid the foundation of the 2 + 2 Summit during the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit in October last year.

 

New Delhi| India and Japan will attend the 2 + 2 summit for the first time on Saturday. The two countries will discuss mutual cooperation and diplomacy in this meeting. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Taro Kono will visit Delhi from Japan’s side. Here he will first meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After this, the two leaders will discuss several important issues, including the Indo-Pacific region, with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar.

Discussion on the autonomy of the Indo-Pacific region

The delegation of India and Japan will hold talks on the issue of defence and bilateral security. Japan’s priorities and the free Indo-Pacific region will be an important part of the negotiations under India’s Act East policy. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, through this meeting, the two countries will renew the diplomatic and global partnership.

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The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Modi laid the foundation of the 2 + 2 Summit during the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit in October last year.

Japan will be the third country to join 2 + 2 with India

India has so far been involved in 2 + 2 negotiations with two countries. The US and India attend 2 + 2 meetings at the ministerial level, while 2 + 2 talks are held with Australia at the officer level. All these countries are increasing their cooperation with India in response to China’s expansionary One Belt, One Road (OBOR). It is believed that the India-Japan summit will be a major step in this direction.

2 + 2 talks with the US in December

The 2 + 2 level talks between India and the US are scheduled on December 18 in Washington. It is also expected to discuss the autonomy of the Indo-Pacific region. India has many times voiced concern over China’s growing activities in the Indo-Pacific region. Due to this, the US changed the name of Pacific Command to Hind-Pacific Command last year to increase India’s interference in the region. Both countries are engaged in strengthening defence relations and trade in the region.

 

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