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Modi, Shinzo Abe vow to fight terrorism, strengthen strategic cooperation; bullet train by 2022

Shinzo Abe in Gujarat: India and Japan have agreed to boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region as well with an eye on China, which has been displaying assertiveness in recent times.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 14, 2017 9:36 pm
Shinzo Abe, Narendra Modi, India, Japan, Bullet Train, Bullet train launch, bullet train india, India-japan bilateral relations, Pakistan, Terrorism, Pathankot attack, 26/11 attack, japan, india, modi speech, india news, bullet train launch news, latest news, live updates modi gujarat shinzo abe Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe ahead of India- Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir, in Gandhinagar on Thursday. PTI Photo/pib(PTI9_14_2017_000048A)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday held talks on wide-ranging subjects including bilateral ties, regional and international issues and chiefly on terrorism. At the annual Inda-Japan summit held in Gandhinagar in Gujarat, the two countries vowed to strengthen cooperation in order to tackle terrorist groups such as the al-Qaida, Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed. A joint statement issued after the summit said the two leaders demanded Pakistan to initiate action against these terrorist outfits responsible for attacks in Mumbai (2008) and Pathankot (2016).

“They shared the view that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is a global scourge that must be forcefully combated through concerted global action in the spirit of ‘zero tolerance’,” the statement read.

Making clear that fighting terrorism was a top priority, the two leaders asked all countries to weed out terrorist havens, disrupting networks, slashing at the root of financing channels and stopping the cross-border movement of terrorists. The statement also said PM Modi and Abe asked all UN-member countries to implement UNSC resolution 1267 and other relevant resolutions dealing with the designation of terrorist entities.

Strengthening strategic ties

India and Japan have agreed to boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region as well with an eye on China, which has been displaying assertiveness in recent times.

“We have just signed a joint statement which will serve as a milestone to open a new era for Japan-India relationship… based on that we will strongly promote Japan-India special strategic and global partnership to drive peace and prosperity for Indo-Pacific region and the whole world,” PM Abe told reporters at a joint press meeting attended by PM Modi as well.

The recent Malabar naval exercise between the United States, Japan and India also came up at the press meet. PM Modi additionally referred to the civil nuclear deal that was signed by both countries last year allowing Japan to export nuclear technology to India, the first non-NPT signatory to get such an honour.

“We had signed a historical pact for peaceful use of nuclear energy during my visit to Japan last year. I am wholeheartedly thanking Japan’s parliament, its people and particularly Prime Minister Abe for its ratification,” PM Modi said.

15 agreements signed in various sectors

A total of 15 MoUs across various sectors such as connectivity, investment, civil aviation, science and technology, sports and skill development were inked between the two sides.

Some of these agreements are linked to strengthening cooperation in the field of Japanese language education in India, collaborating for disaster risk reduction, promoting development projects in the Northeast, allowing air carriers from both countries to operate unlimited number of flights to selected cities, promoting research collaboration in the field of life science and biotechnology and deepening cooperation between universities of both countries.

Japan’s investments in India jumped 80 per cent to $4.7 billion in 2016-17, said PM Modi.

narendra modi, shinzo abe, shinzo abe in gujarat, india japan ties, india japan relations, bullet train, india bullet train, gujarat bullet train, india japan deals, india japan terrorism Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe waves at the crowd at the foundation laying ceremony of India’s first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, in Ahmedabad on Thursday. (PTI Photo/pib)

Foundation stone laid for high-speed rail project

Earlier in the day in Ahmedabad, PM Modi and Abe jointly laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project that will link the city with financial capital Mumbai.

“My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India,” he said.

“I hope to enjoy the beautiful scenery of India through the windows of the bullet train when I come back here in a few years,” Abe said.

The bullet train project, costing Rs 1.10 lakh crore and funded partially by a loan from Japan, is expected to be completed by 2022. The train, that will have four halts between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, will complete the trip in two hours, down from nearly seven hours taken currently by the Shatabdi Express.

An institute, for which the foundation was also laid by the two leaders, will come up in Vadodara where around 4,000 people will be trained.

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  1. N
    Sep 15, 2017 at 4:27 am
    All bomb blasts in past few year planned and executed by brahmin terrorist module of rss linked to isi. there are sufficient evidence and proofs and also confessions in courts by few brahmin terrorists caught so far such as asimanand aka asim chatterji, upadhayay, joshi, sadhvia, purohit etc. bhagwat amd vaidya had filed a complaint with ex pm against purohit to save themselves as purohit might be double crossing or a mole. but now they are silent as they have not to worry as it's their own govt now. madhya pradesh bjp and bajrang dal leaders were caught red handed passing info to isi and getting paid. problem even mamy police and courts are sympathisers that's why they are going scot free. To make a scapegoat, muslims are framed in false cases. anybody in doubt may search google and news sites for info. bramin terrorists want to hold onto all power and resources of country and let dalits, tribes, other castes, poor at the cost of national security.
    1. C
      Sep 15, 2017 at 4:27 am
      India is moving ahead due to the brilliant bureaucracy and not Modi. India is now a military superpower thanks to our brilliant past leaders. Congress went corrupt and thrust one family on the Indians thus we have now the uneducated jelly-fish Modi. But Modi does have strong Jewish support.
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        Prof. Ghosh
        Sep 15, 2017 at 4:02 am
        Shinzo Abe is very close to India. His g -dad was extremely close to Pandit Nehru. Japan and India are natural allies and have also much in common. Japanese bullet trains are great the Chinese have got older models from France and Germany. Both France and Germany do not trust China since the latter is very close to the Jewish lobby. India is now militarily much stronger than a Jewish supported China. We must enlarge our capabilities further. Modi must show guts and demonstrate AGNI-6 MRV at the appropriate time.
        1. A
          Sep 15, 2017 at 1:30 am
          India needs to form a military alliance with Japan, it is essential. We need to do all to protect Japan and take their help to strengthen our military. It is a win win situation for both. We can build a large armed forces that protect bot us and Japan and is available whenever Japanese need us. We are the only country that can provide the numbers to deal with China. Our military infrastructure strength is geopolitically helpful to the interest of US, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, Europe as we are best suited to match Chinese in number game. They all will be keen to sell us good technology and we should start spending more part of our GDP currently to buy weapons. As a democracy we have to fill in the space in Asia with Japan to protect democratic nations in this region, while US comes out and help us for protecting democratic values. For Russia, Chinese at ude is a problem as it is generally unfriendly and loves country which support terrorism everywhere in the World.
          1. M
            Sep 14, 2017 at 11:56 pm
            At last India started to dream, aspire and act like a normal country. This will bring it closer to others who also think and act in a normal way, strengthening the fabric of nationhood by going into the making of normal society with an end product of much desired sensible humanity or just humanity. India has fallen behind because of the "social Engineering" that was going on, putting it off track and on a slippery slope making thieves and thugs as the leaders and animal ideal as top class human aspirations, Gandhigiri as be all end all ideal of the century that only contributed to the self goal as long as India was concerned! Time for India to make up for the lost opportunities which it is doing now.
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