Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Work on India's first 'Bullet Train' to begin Sept 14

Work on India's first 'Bullet Train' to begin Sept 14

Amid China's assertive activities in the East and South China seas as well as the Indian Ocean, Abe and Modi are expected to affirm the importance of promoting collaboration in such fields as defense equipment and trilateral joint drills involving the U.S. Navy, Japanese government officials said.

Abe's comments come as the U.S. pushes for the United Nations (UN) Security Council to vote on harsher sanctions on North Korea.

Unbeknown to most Japanese is the North Korea-Pakistan axis of nuclear and missile proliferation, even from the time of Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan. Japan already takes part in a tripartite biannual naval exercise with India and the United States. Later in the day, the leaders will discuss trade ties in defence and energy. All these attempts by China have resulted in India's alarm and growing paranoia of the threat of "encirclement". Only about 120,000 Indian nationals made it to Japan previous year. In view of this, Japan's power struggle with China is most evident in Africa.

There is also a possibility that Trump will complain about what he has called the closed nature of the Japanese auto and agricultural markets, and will seek measures to reduce the USA trade deficit with Japan.

Stage is set for Fourth Narendra Modi-Abe Summit wherein the two leaders are expected to give the "Special Strategic and Global Partnership" between the two countries its "future direction". Hence, this meeting will bring clarity on the definitive projects under this umbrella. New Delhi has pledged to build high-speed railways focused on the four major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai.

Mr Jaishankar also spoke about the Asia-Africa Pacific Growth Corridor project under which India and Japan propose to develop quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region.

Modi recently replaced his railway minister after a series of derailments, including one last month which killed at least 23 passengers in the northern Uttar Pradesh state. The Japanese tweets were followed up with photos of a decked-up Ahmedabad for the high profile visit. She joined the University in 2006. Since her tenure in JNU, She has been a visiting fellow at Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance Japan and REIB Kobe University.

After the laying of the foundation stone, an investment summit will also be held between the Indian side and a Japanese delegation comprising representatives from Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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