India-Japan joins hands to develop a feasible infrastructure in North-East India which will bring harmony in the relations of both the nations.
Amid the Doklam standoff, India is keen to develop North-East part where Chinese effect is remarkable despite being pure Indian part. India-Japan Coordination Forum for Development of North East is made to focus on strategic infrastructure development in terms of connectivity, road network, electricity & disaster management.
This strategic partnership will cover Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Chinese troops held their shadows in these states where it indirectly opposes the development of state.
According to India, this type of projects will boost the overall development of North-East states as it seriously needs such facilities. The first meeting held on Thursday which covered road construction planning and the border tensions with China.
Endorsing Act East Policy, Japan is keen with India to make strategic move. North-East and its geographical importance in the country are the point of importance despite standoffs. This can be the historical ties between India & Japan.
Nevertheless, Japan is already a part of infrastructure projects such as the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor or bullet train, which will be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency.
In addition, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will visit India and can launch different projects on railway systems through high-speed technology, a world class technology from Japan.
Apart from this, India is also working on road & bridge construction projects that will enhance a connectivity between neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. Moreover, with China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project that connects 60 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe, India launched a similar competing project called South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC), connecting roads of many cities.
However, India has interrogated China for not covering Gilgit and Baltistan areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in the OBOR project, promoting China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.