Japan PM Yoshihide Suga To Visit India To Bolster Indo-Pacific Cooperation To Counter China

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to visit India by late April as part of efforts to bolster cooperation to counter China’s aggressive actions.

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April 8, 2021

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to visit India to bolster cooperation across the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s aggressive actions. Suga is expected to visit by late April or early May as part of efforts to improve cooperation. This would be the first visit by a Japanese leader to India since the outbreak of COVID-19 last year. Although Modi and Suga have spoken several times over the phone during the pandemic, this will be their first meeting post-global lockdown.

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Modi and Suga had also participated in the first-ever virtual summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue held on March 12. The two were joined by US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the virtual event. During the visit, both India and Japan are expected to commit efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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The exact dates for the Japanese PM’s visit are being finalised by both countries taking the COVID-19 situation as a factor. The meeting will also be the first since the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his former Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Guwahati in December 2019 was called off. The planned meeting was put off amidst protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

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Japan has already invested around ₹1,600 crore in development projects across India’s northeastern states and is also having a tie-up with India carrying infrastructure projects in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Suga will also visit Washington to meet the US president Joe Biden on April 16, before heading to India. The Japanese government also aims to bolster their relationship with the newly formed Biden administration.

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