India, Japan to hold 2+2 talks amid China’s aggressive moves
India, Japan to hold 2+2 talks amid China’s aggressive moves. Japan’s Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is also making arrangements to visit India. The ministers are expected to discuss ways to cooperate more closely on defence, learned citing wionews.
India and Japan are planning to hold a ‘2+2’ format meeting of foreign and defence ministers in Tokyo later this month, Japanese media reported.
According to NHK, Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and Defence Minister Kishi Nobuo are due to attend the meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
This will the second such 2+2 meeting between the two countries as the inaugural meeting of the India-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) was held on November 30, 2019, in New Delhi.
According to Asia Nikkei, this comes as China ramps up its activities in the disputed East and South China Seas.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is also making arrangements to visit India. The ministers are expected to discuss ways to cooperate more closely on defence.
Japan and India signed an agreement last year to allow the Self-Defence Forces and the Indian military to provide each other with food and fuel.
The NHK, in a report, said that the Japanese government is increasingly looking to India as an ally that shares basic values and can help work toward a free and open Indo-Pacific as China continues to assert itself across the region. Both India and Japan time and again have asserted that they are committed to efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Last month, the leaders of the Quad alliance, India, the US, Japan and Australia had underscored the importance of a ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific region during the group’s first-ever leaders’ summit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that Quad has now come of age and will serve as an important pillar in ensuring the stability of the Indo-Pacific region.
The Asia-Pacific region features several territorial disputes in the South China and East China seas, which involve Brunei, China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam.