January 29, 2023

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Tensions in Asia: Japan and India strengthen defense cooperation with more joint maneuvers

Japan And this India They pledged to strengthen their cooperation on defense matters during their defense and foreign ministers’ meeting, with specific initiatives such as their air forces undertaking new joint manoeuvres.

The heads of these ministries of the two countries today held a meeting in Tokyo in the format of “2+2” during which they indicated their willingness to “maintain. based in the Indo-Pacific According to a joint statement issued after the meeting, the rule of law and freedom from coercion.

Both sides announced future joint exercises of their air forces and expressed their desire to intensify their exchanges in defense equipment, with more Japanese investment in the Indian arms industry.

Japanese Foreign and Defense Ministers Yoshimasa Hayashi and Yasukazu Hamada and their Indian counterparts Subramaniam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh noted that the maneuvers would “pave the way for greater cooperation and interoperability between the two countries’ air forces”.

Asian tensions

Both Japan and India want to strengthen their military capabilities In the face of China’s military riseTokyo and New Delhi have territorial disputes, and a backdrop of rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Japanese foreign minister told a press conference after Thursday’s meetings that Tokyo and New Delhi share the view that “unilateral attempts to change the ‘status quo’ by force should not be tolerated in any region.”

Hayashi said the “2+2” meetings have helped ensure that defense and security cooperation between Japan and India is expanding dramatically.

Japan And this India They are members, along with Australia and the United States, of the Quad, a multilateral security framework that aligns itself against Beijing’s growing influence in the region, whose leaders held their last summit in Tokyo last May.

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