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Modi-Abe likely to discuss ways to step up defence ties

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Boosting cooperation in defence and security is likely to be a major focus area when Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe hold the annual summit talks tomorrow in Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

There may be specific discussions on long-pending Indian proposal to buy the US-2 amphibious aircraft from and joint development of military equipment to further deepen the defence ties in sync with strategic partnership between the two countries, official sources said.


The annual Indo-summit is taking place amid escalating tension in the region in the wake of the nuclear test by North Korea and China's growing assertiveness in the South Sea, and Modi and Abe are expected to deliberate on them.

Ahead of Abe's visit here, the India-annual defence ministerial dialogue had taken place in Tokyo during which co-production of military equipment, dual use technologies and New Delhi's proposal to buy the the US-2 ShinMaywa aircraft were discussed.

Last year, had reacted angrily to reports that plans to sell weapons to at cheaper prices, saying that such a move is disgraceful.

There are indications that the joint statement by the two countries after Modi-Abe talks will have certain components relating to defence cooperation.

At the defence dialogue, the two sides had also agreed to commence technical discussions for research collaboration in the areas of Unmanned Ground Vehicles and Robotics.

Modi and Abe are expected to deliberate on cooperation in the nuclear energy sector as well.

A landmark civil nuclear deal between the two countries providing for collaboration between their industries in the field had come into force in July.

The nuclear cooperation agreement was signed last November during Prime Minister Modi's visit to Tokyo.

The deal allows to export nuclear technology to India, making it the first non-NPT signatory to have such a deal with Tokyo

There was political resistance in - the only country to suffer atomic bombings during World War II - against a nuclear deal with India, particularly after the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in 2011.

is a major player in the nuclear energy market and an atomic deal with it will make it easier for US-based nuclear plant makers Westinghouse Electric Corporation and GE Energy Inc to set up atomic plants in as both these conglomerates have Japanese investments.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 18:57 IST
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