~ Narhitya Nawal
India and Japan in their 13th bilateral summit accelerated their affiliation to a more advanced plan and called for a free and open Indo-Pacific region where sovereignty and international laws would be respected. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his annual bilateral summit with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and critiqued developments in bilateral ties along with their vision for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region where China is in a lookout for calling the shots. The two countries acceded to bring enhancements in key areas, including civil aviation, trade after wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as they discoursed about ways to strengthen cooperation in the areas of defence, security, trade and civil nuclear energy. The two leaders reviewed the Mumbai- Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project which is a significant symbol of India-Japan collaboration. The two sides also acknowledged an agreement for actualising strengthened cooperation between the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defence Force(JMSDF).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that ties with Japan were invested in upholding the rule of law and democratic values