Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with whom Modi shares close ties, is close to becoming India’s “all weather friend”.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken of the “Arc of Democracy”, with Tokyo and New Delhi as its two ends and encompassing the ASEAN, Australia and South Korea in between as the ideal architecture for the 21st century, which many have already dubbed Asia’s century.
His Indian counterpart and good friend Narenda Modi has outlined a similar template for India’s foreign policy doctrine – Act East. This doctrine builds on India’s existing Look East policy but adds a strong strategic element to what was till recently only an economic outreach programme.
And both these dovetail with the US’s Pivot to the East, but that will have to wait for another article on another day.
Both India and Japan highlight the economic aspects of their increasingly close and warm relationship, focussing on Tokyo’s support for Modi’s plan to revamp this country’s creaking infrastructure – like financing and helping construct the $90-billion Delhi Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor to reduce transit time for freight trains between Mumbai and Delhi from 14 days to 14 hours, with several industrial clusters and high tech industrial zones planned en route. Login/Sign up to read more…