Modi to Attend India-Japan Summit, Meets Shinzo Abe in Yamanashi

Chinese President Xi Jinping greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to their talks in Beijing on Oct. 26 2018. ==Kyodo

"The India-Japan partnership has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a "special strategic and global partnership", Modi said.

Abe explained to Modi about his three-day visit to China through Saturday, the sources said.

The leaders of Japan and India are reaffirming their ties amid growing worries about trade and regional stability. A new Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue, termed 2+2, was also announced to supplement an already formidable array of bilateral dialogue mechanisms that include the Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue, Defence Policy Dialogue and the National Security Advisers Dialogue. The two leaders last met in Japan in November 2016.

He was speaking at a press conference after a summit with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.

Although a proposed "quad" regional defense initiative between democracies Australia, India, Japan and the United State seems stuck in stasis, Japan and India sit on the eastern and western flanks of an expansive China, and are upping defense cooperation.

Modi urged Japan's medium, small and micro enterprises to explore business opportunities in India, promising a more conducive environment to consolidate bilateral trade ties.

"At the delegation level talks, PM @narendramodi & PM @AbeShinzo reviewed developments in bilateral relations & explored new areas of cooperation, focusing on shared vision for peace & prosperity in the Indo-Pacific", tweeted MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. According to Kyodo news agency, Modi is the first visitor to be graced with such an invitation, with Abe clearly keen to show off one Asia 's leading buddy acts.

India's navy - which, like Japan's, is increasingly wide-ranging at a time when China is massively upgrading its blue water assets - would benefit from Japanese maintenance facilities in return. "This has resulted in a healthy competition among them for investment and led to better results", the PM said. "We both agree that from digital partnership to cyberspace, health, defence, ocean to space, in every field we will strengthen our partnership. The discussions in these sessions were extremely fruitful and will add strength to our ties", tweeted the PM. The Prime Minister also urged people to participate in the largest possible numbers in the run for unity to be organized on that day.

"India is going through a massive transformative phase and worldwide agencies say the country will drive the growth of the global economy in the coming decade", he told the gathering.

After Abe welcomed Modi at a hotel in Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture, around noon Sunday, they had a luncheon together attended by others. The special reception was the first for any foreign leader to have visited Japan.

"The two leaders' vision for the Indo-Pacific is based on a rules-based order that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, ensures freedom of navigation and overflight as well as unimpeded lawful commerce, and seeks peaceful resolution of disputes.without resorting to threat or use of force", said the India-Japan Vision Statement issued after the talks in an apparent hint at China's stand over the South China Sea disputes.

The two leaders are scheduled to hold formal talks in Tokyo on Monday that will also likely touch on China's growing power in the region.

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