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News Round Up: Takes on Shinzo Abe’s Visit to India

Posted by K.E. White on August 23, 2007

Summary: The Times of India notes Abe’s critical nuclear omission. And the Asia Times Online delves into the nations’ growing trade relations—not to mention their shared Security Council aspirations.

 

From the Times of India:

Addressing a joint press conference with Manmohan Singh after signing a roadmap on strategic cooperation, Abe said Japan “was looking closely at the implications (of the nuclear deal) on non-proliferation and disarmament”.

The safeguards agreement has now assumed a very important position in India’s nuclear journey, particularly since this will be India’s responsibility and how India will be judged at the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group. The real test for the Indian nuclear deal will be at this body, where India and the US will ask for an exemption for India.

Nevertheless, it is clear that though Japan has a declared position on nuclear relations, it will not stand in India’s way.

The Asia Times Online explores Japan’s investment in the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, and their shared desired for seats on the United Nations Security Council:

However, with the Indian economy clocking more than 9% growth for the past few years, and prospects of improved infrastructure, Japanese industry and investors are in serious rethink mode. The CII has predicted that two-way trade between India and Japan could double to $14 billion by 2012 from an estimated $7 billion in 2007.

And certainly, the DMIC is one big area of involvement. The DMIC will run through the northern states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra, following a proposed Delhi-Mumbai dedicated rail freight corridor and an Arabian Sea port.

The corridor envisages a freight rail network, industrial parks, special economic zones, airports, seaports, power plants, food-processing parks and other infrastructure along the stretch between the two major commercial hubs of Delhi and Mumbai.

Business apart, India and Japan are also seeking each other as strategic partners in making a combined pitch for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council and military and security cooperation in East Asia to check the influence of China. Beijing has been anxious about the “Quadrilateral Initiative” (Quad) involving India, the US, Japan and Australia.

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