‘Relations between India and Japan are robust and devoid of either shadow of history or any irritant.’ IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi greets his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, October 29, 2018. Photograph: Kind courtesy MEA Photogallery/Flickr Two important high-level State visits with three major nations in Asia involved and Japan as the fulcrum provides a nice setting to examine the unfolding geopolitical churning in the Asian region. Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo made a rare trip to Beijing on October 23, being the first by a Japanese prime minister to do so since 2011, for a summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi the day after his return from Beijing. Though the expected common talking point was how to engage China constructively in the interest of regional stability, the overriding hidden factor was how to ‘manage’ China’s increasing assertiveness in regional issues. While the core point in Abe-Xi discussion was to share issues of mutual concern and interests, what emerged on the surface was how to get Japan involved in Xi’s pet Belt and Road Initiative. Seeking to deepen economic relations was the logical common ground as both nations… Read full this story
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