After Beijing, Tokyo calling: Welcome Modi, seal deal

Shinzo Abe says will confirm trilateral cooperation with US on Modi visit.

Written by Pranab Dhal Samanta | Singapore | Published:May 31, 2014 2:24 am
Japan PM Shinzo Abe delivers the keynote at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Friday Japan PM Shinzo Abe delivers the keynote at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Friday

A day after Chinese Premier Le Keqiang called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set the ball rolling on a new roadmap for bilateral engagement, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exuded confidence that both sides will be able to confirm trilateral cooperation with the United States whenever Modi visits Japan.

Indicating that a Modi visit to Japan was on the cards, Abe said: “In India, Mr Narendra Modi has become Prime Minister through another free and fair election. I am absolutely certain that when I welcome Prime Minister Modi to Tokyo we will successfully confirm that Japan-India cooperation, as well as trilateral cooperation, including our two countries, will make the ‘confluence of the two seas’ that is the Pacific and the Indian Ocean peaceful and more prosperous.”

Abe, who on Friday delivered the keynote address at the IISS’s annual Shangri La dialogue on ‘Peace and prosperity in Asia, forevermore Japan for rule of law, Asia for rule of law and the rule of law for all of us’, specifically referred to Modi as a positive opportunity to build on the US-Japan vision for “strengthening trilateral cooperation with like-minded partners to promote peace and economic prosperity in Asia and the Pacific”.

Without naming China, he made it clear that there were “attempts to change the status quo through force and coercion” and that the reaffirmation of the US-Japan alliance was the “cornerstone for regional peace and stability”. This vision, Abe explained, was being taken forward through such arrangements of trilateral cooperation.

He brought up Australia as an example of such cooperation, referring to the recent visit of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abott to Japan. The two countries, Abe added, agreed to pursue the trilateral arrangement, especially in security matters. “We clearly articulated to people at home and abroad our intention to elevate the strategic partnership between Japan and Australia to a new special relationship.”

It was right after this reference that Abe brought up Modi, indicating Japan’s keenness to build on the idea of trilateral cooperation. The outgoing UPA government, it may be noted, had not gone the distance with Japan on such cooperation despite former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh endorsing Abe’s strategic vision of the confluence of the two oceans.

The Defence Ministry, in particular, had always desisted the idea of projecting an alliance with the US because of which trilateral exercises could not take place off the Indian coast.

While Japan, a country with which Modi has enjoyed a strong association with during his stint as Gujarat Chief Minister, now senses an opportunity with the regime change in New Delhi, China, too, has moved quick off the blocks to find early momentum in the bilateral engagement with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also expected to be in India on June 8.

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    Darius Siniet
    May 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    Once in a great while a nation will get some unique opportunities. This is such a time for India. For the theater of action in Asia is now in the South China Sea, an area of immense wealth, which all the countries of that region covet. In this region China is attempting to rewrite the rules; China also feels that being the predominant power it has the right to all the wealth, in one form or other, under the seas.As such the Chinese attention in the coming years will be focused on the South China Sea. It will want as little trouble as possible on its western borders, especially now that Sinjiang(new province or East Turkestan) is simmering. In return for Indian compliance India can ask for reciprocity from China's ally stan. It is a tough bargain but it can be achieved.From the anese front, India can open its market to anese money and technology. anese penetration of the US/ Euro and other markets, may have saturated. China's nationalism would preclude such a possibility while India is still wide open. Without tying itself in knots by complex security arrangements India can play both sides and still come out the winner.
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    Jazzy Jazzy
    May 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm
    India has been non aligned, though Modi would like take a new route. Wait and watch. too much too soon will cause issue in our Indian system, too much power which BJP is trying to cater are more likely to cause issues. There are inherit faults which are always exploited. Keep a balance and go for test the new route. no typical stunt which BJP done till now , all those things which they were against is now doing themselves, twist does not help in long run. an is good for economy though has too prove alot now which is good for healthy compeion , China where as baggages which they will carry without fail "Border Dispute" China is like big stan having forceful dispute with all state having border with China. Can not ignore anyone.
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