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Japan, India agree to cooperate on maritime security

  • 2015-03-31 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: March 31, 2015 – p. 4)

 

 Defense Minister Gen Nakatani held talks with his visiting Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar on March 30. With an eye on China’s maritime advancement, the two defense ministers agreed to cooperate in the maritime security field through such measures as expanding and enhancing joint exercises between Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Indian Navy. In connection with bilateral cooperation on defense equipment, the ministers confirmed that Japan and India will continue talks on the possible export of the MSDF’s US-2 amphibious aircraft to India and aim at realization of the export at an early date.

 

 However, Japan and India have not yet concluded an accord on equipment cooperation and technology transfer in their negotiations. According to a senior official in the Ministry of Defense, some in the Japanese government believe the Indian side will take a long time to make a decision on the import of the US-2 amphibious aircraft. (Abridged)

 

 Main points of Japan-India defense ministerial talks

Defense exchanges

✦Japanese defense minister will visit India in 2016

 

✦Foreign and defense vice-minister-level talks will be held in early April this year.

 

✦Japan’s MSDF and the Indian Navy will hold regular joint exercises

 

✦Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force and the Indian Army will hold exchanges between their anti-terrorism experts

Cooperation on defense equipment

✦Defense ministers agreed on the view that cooperation in defense equipment could become a major pillar of bilateral defense relations.

 

✦Japan and India will continue talks on exports of US-2 amphibious aircraft and strive to realize the export at an early date

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