PM Narendra Modi to visit Japan in November

The two leaders to have “in-depth exchanges on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest
PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan on November 11 and 12, where he will hold the hold the annual summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe that could see a civil nuclear cooperation pact being inked.

Modi will have an audience with the Emperor of Japan in his visit, news agencies reported. The External Affairs Ministry, announcing his visit, said the meeting would be an occasion for the two leaders to have “in-depth exchanges on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest to further deepen the broad-based and action-oriented partnership between India and Japan”.

During the PM’s visit, it is expected that the two sides will also explore ways to boost ties in trade, including in high technology area, security and infrastructure, apart from the thrust on enhancing cooperation in civil nuclear sector, a news agency reported.

In the last summit held in December, the two countries had reached a basic agreement on the pact and decided that the two sides will continue to discuss the international civil nuclear cooperation framework with respect to India.

The report said all efforts were being made to stitch a pact during PM’s visit that would pave the way for Japan to export nuclear power plant technology to the fast-growing Asian economy. If done, it would be Japan’s first civil nuclear cooperation pact with a country that has not joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Japan, the only country to have suffered nuclear bombings, has been seeking assurance from India that it will not be used for military purposes or nuclear tests.

On security and defence front, Japan is likely to emphasise on the need to strengthen bilateral coordination in maritime security as China continues to elevate its activities in the East and South China seas and the Indian Ocean. The two countries already have a maritime trilateral with the US.