India decides to intensify defense ties with Japan in a bid to boost military capability

India decides to intensify defense ties with Japan in a bid to boost military capability

India on Thursday decided to expand cooperation with Japan in the field of defense and security amid Tokyo’s decision to increase military capabilities and budget amid China’s aggression in the Indo-Pacific region.

This decision was taken at the second 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held in Tokyo. The ministers discussed that the air services of the two countries are working closely to conduct the first Indo-Japanese fighter exercises as soon as possible. The Ministers also expressed their common intention to make continuous efforts for more complex and sophisticated bilateral exercises, according to the Joint Statement issued after the Dialogue.

The ministers agreed to start negotiations on a joint headquarters between the Joint Headquarters of Japan and the Joint Defense Headquarters of India. The parties also decided to actively deepen multilateral coordination with liaison officers of other countries in the Information Processing Center – Indian Ocean region to expand maritime cooperation. The ministers recognized the great potential of the two countries to expand bilateral cooperation in the field of defense equipment and technological cooperation.

India was represented at the dialogue by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, while the Japanese side was represented by Foreign Minister and Defense Minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa and Foreign and Defense Minister HAMADA Yasukazu.

Understandably, the discussions also featured Chinese aggression in various regions of the Indo-Pacific region, including the LAC, the East China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, and the South China Sea.

Expressing its determination to explore all options necessary for national defense, including the so-called “counterstrike capabilities”, the Japanese side in the Dialogue expressed its determination to fundamentally strengthen Japan’s defense capabilities over the next five years and to ensure a significant increase in Japan’s necessary defense budget. to do so, the Joint Statement says. Recognizing Japan’s determination to strengthen its defense capabilities, the Indian side expressed its support for the work to strengthen security and cooperation in the field of defense.

In this context, the ministers reaffirmed their commitment to a rules-based global order that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, and stressed the need for all nations to seek the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law, without resorting to the threat or use of force. or any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo.

Ministers stressed their commitment to the common strategic goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and sustainable, based on the rule of law and free from coercion. Ministers also reaffirmed their strong support for the unity and centrality of ASEAN and their full support for the ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook (AOIP), which upholds principles such as the rule of law, openness, freedom, transparency and inclusiveness, according to the Joint Statement.

Ukraine also featured in the dialogue. The Ministers strongly reaffirmed what their Prime Ministers recently committed in their Joint Statement of 19 March 2022 (“Partnership for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Post-COVID World”) to regional and global security challenges.

The ministers also recognized the importance of intensifying the dialogue in the field of economic security. The Ministers also welcomed Japan’s participation in the multilateral exercise Milan for the first time and the entry into force of the Mutual Provision of Goods and Services Agreement between the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Indian Armed Forces during the exercise. The ministers expressed their commitment to continue bilateral and multilateral exercises, including Dharma Guardian, JIMEX and Malabar.

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