India's Modi and Japan's Abe draw closer as Tokyo woos Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to their talks in Beijing on Oct. 26 2018. ==Kyodo

Before the bilateral talks, PM Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Japanese Prime Minister's office with Abe joining him during the Guard of Honour.

They also signed a second-phase agreement for a Japanese high-speed railway project in India.

"With a view to enhancing financial and economic cooperation, governments of Japan and India welcomed the agreement to conclude a Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) of United States dollars 75 billion", said India-Japan Vision Statement issued after the summit-level meeting between the two leaders.

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The two countries also called upon Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, including those responsible for the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai and the January 2016 attack in Pathankot.

A key agenda item on Monday, according to Japan's ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, will be an "Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement" between the two countries - essentially, a logistics agreement that will help underwrite the increasing number of exchanges between their armed forces. The two leaders discussed regional issues including North Korea and agreed to cooperate in achieving the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, Japan's Foreign Ministry said. In 2013, India and Japan worked out another swap agreement, increasing it from $15 billion to $50 billion, when the rupee had been under stress.

Japan may also supply the Indian navy with amphibious US-2 aircraft, although the two countries have yet to conclude a deal after five years of negotiations. PM Modi said he is confident that this visit will add new vigour to the strong friendship between India and Japan.

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Modi urged Japan's medium, small and micro enterprises to explore business opportunities in India, promising a more conducive environment to consolidate bilateral trade ties. Japan is considered as a natural and indispensable partner for India in the economic, defence and technology fields.

After Abe welcomed Modi at a hotel in Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture, around noon Sunday, they had a luncheon together attended by others. Abe San and I have agreed to the "2+2 dialogue" between our foreign and defence ministers. "After India's full accession to three worldwide export control regimes, the two leaders pledged to continue working together for India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, with the aim of strengthening the global non-proliferation efforts", the statement added.

Earlier this year, Japan signed a landmark deal with the European Union that will eliminate almost all tariffs on products they trade.

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