Demise of Dollar: India, Japan Sign $75 Billion Bilateral Currency Swap Deal

30 October, 2018, 04:16 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • PM Modi in Japan LIVE updates: PM meets Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, to discuss regional security, defence ties

Modi is on a two-day visit to Japan to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to his holiday home for dinner in a scenic resort by Mount Fuji on Sunday as a token of gratitude for accommodating him in the Indian leader's home state past year.

PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Monday.

Modi was received by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a hug on his arrival at the Hotel Mt.

In a joint statement, the two leaders said they would begin regular talks between their foreign and defence ministers and committed to extending cooperation in areas ranging from agriculture and digital technology to investment in Indian rail projects and infrastructure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday for a two-day official visit to take.

Earlier this year, Japan signed a landmark deal with the European Union that will eliminate almost all tariffs on products they trade. Abe and Modi have held bilateral talks 11 times to date.


In comments to the media, Modi said, "Without the cooperation of India and Japan, 21st century can not be a century of Asia".

Condemning in the strongest terms the growing threat of terrorism and its universal reach, the two leaders expressed their desire to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including Al-Qaida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lakshar-e-Tayyiba, and their affiliates.

Relations with China are a major issue shared by Modi and Abe, as their cooperation may balance China's growing regional influence and military assertiveness. These island bases lie northwest of the strategic Malacca Strait - a critical transit link between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

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

In a message to top the country, PM Abe said India is driving the region and the world's prosperity as a global power.

US President Donald Trump's policies, which have targeted mostly China with tariffs, but also Japan and other nations, accusing them of unfair trade practices, are working to prod India and Japan to promote their economic ties.

Regarding India as the most important partner for his free and open Indo-Pacific strategy, Abe hopes to confirm with Modi the promotion of the two countries' defense cooperation, informed sources said. "There are no negatives but only opportunities in this relationship which are waiting to be seized".

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