Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India, part of annual summits between the two countries, has set strategic ties on a fast track. This is best symbolised by the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project that was launched by Mr. Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India’s decision to partner with Japan for the 508-km, ₹1.1 lakh-crore project is as much about politics as it is about infrastructure: Japan has been keen to export its high-speed train technology along with rolling stock, and India’s move to confirm the Japanese contracts while China wins projects along its Belt and Road railway line is significant.
2017 holds special significance since it marks a decade of Japanese Prime Minister’s celebrated speech at the Indian Parliament— ‘Confluence of the Two Seas’, underscoring shared universal values and interests.
QUESTION ARISING FROM THE NEWS:
HIGHLIGHT THE VARIOUS AGREEMNTS INDIA RECENTLY SIGNED WITH JAPAN. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE AGREEMNTS ESPECIALLY FOR INDIA? ELABORATE.
Source: Economic Times, HINDU, 21 Nov
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