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India, Japan hold talks; focus on Indo-Pacific.
Dec 02, 2019

Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's India visit, India and Japan are holding their inaugural 2+2 defence and foreign minister-level dialogue on Saturday which would focus on cooperation in building a free and open IndoPacific in view of China's growing footprint. 
 
Ahead of the talks, Japanese foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi and defence minister Taro Kono met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. They would hold talks with their Indian counterparts, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and defence minister Rajnath Singh.
 
The idea of holding such a dialogue was initiated during the summit meeting between Modi and Abe in Tokyo in October 2018. The two sides already have dialogue formats such as the Annual Defense Ministerial Dialogue, Defense Policy Dialogue and the National Security Advisers' Dialogue.
 
The talks on Saturday will see the two sides speeding up negotiations for the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing agreement, or ACSA, which would allow them to share defence capabilities and supplies, including fuel and ammunition.
    

Times Of India

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