After the 10th round of India-Japan Strategic Dialogue, India and Japan are new ready to upgrade to 2+2 ministerial dialogues for early commencement of negotiations of Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement or ACSA.
A successful agreement for the ACSA will benefit both nations in using each other’s military bases for logistical support and include India in Japan’s list of countries with similar agreements like the US, the UK, Australia, France, and Canada. Considering India’s stand with neighbouring countries like China and Pakistan, the ACSA partnership with Japan could serve as a powerful diplomatic advancement for India in Asian waters. Hence, the during the 2+2 ministerial dialogue meetings, Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and PM Modi will meet Japanese PM Abe Shinzo and FM Taro Kano.
Kano also discussed cooperation on cyber security and the proposed first space dialogue, both the nations agreed upon to upgrade the 2+2 dialogue framework. On the other hand, the Japanese are also looking to consolidate partnership with India in countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. While briefing the media on foreign minister Taro Kano’s meetings, lasting for 75 minutes, with India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Japan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Natsuko Sakata said that Bilateral economic cooperation has been the driving force for the past decade and defense and security cooperation was catching up.
The Chennai Metro, a project to promote dairy products and a system of regular check-ups for pregnant women- are the signature projects already identified by Japan. Natsuko Sakata acknowledged there had not been any forward movement on plans to sell the SinMaywa US2 amphibious aircraft to India or the construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. The US2 continues to be on the agenda and Japanese authorities were in close touch with Indian counterparts on the bullet train project, she added.