Modi arrives in Japan on five day visit: Will bilateral relation get a big boost?

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Amid great expectations after he proved his diplomatic knack in Indian sub-continent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday embarked on five day Japan visit.

Right from inviting leaders of SAARC nations in his swearing-in ceremony to bringing back nurses from strife-torn Iraq and then recent one blocking of WTO's Trade facilitation agreement in the larger interest of poor of the country, all proved that Modi is master in the art of displaying diplomatic flair. He also bowled over people of Nepal and Myanmar on his recent trip to the countries.

Here is little dissection of all issues and related stuffs with Modi's Japan visit.

Why it is important?

• Narendra Modi had visited Japan twice as Gujarat Chief Minister but as a Prime Minister this is his first visit.

• First trip outside South Asia and contour of this talk will set the pitch for his upcoming visit to China and United States.

• Terming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as his good friend, Modi said, "My visit will write a new chapter in the annals of the relations between Asia's two oldest democracies and take our Strategic and Global Partnership to the next higher level".

• Optimistic about the success of the trip, Modi on Thursday had tweeted, "Japan's friendship with India is time tested. We are 2 vibrant democracies committed to advancing peace and democracy in the world".

Issues on platter and apprehensions

• Reports say, issues related with nuclear cooperation, defence, trade and infrastructural development is on the agenda.

• India is eyeing for nuclear deal on the line of 2008 Indo-US where it was promised that United States will provide nuclear fuel and technology to India.
• But big catch in that deal was India had not to sacrifice its military nuclear programme which is an issue with Japan now.

• India has yet not signed Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty which limits nuclear programme to civil uses but not for military expansion.

• Sources say that there could be some breakthrough on defence sector. India might seal the deal about inducting an amphibious aircraft to the Indian navy.

• Apart from that, Modi- Abe will zero on at the front of bullet trains. Wearing about the fact that China is also pushing its interest on the matter, Japan will try to use this opportunity to the maximum.

• Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will try to convince Prime Minister Modi to buy trains from Japanese company Shinkansen.

• Modi will also try to give a big push to FDI from Japan and that is why he has gone with a team of India's big industrialists including Reliance's Mukesh Ambani and software giant Wipro's Azim Premji.

What Modi said in an interview about China, Pakistan?

• He tried to set the pitch by exhorting his views on different matter like Pakistan and China.

• Though experts termed the interview to Japanese journalists as an image building exercise but he smartly put what he felt about the issues.

• Giving signal that India considers both China and Japan equally important, Modi said, "I am keen to work closely with the Chinese leadership to push the relationship forward and to deal with all issues in our bilateral relations by proceeding from the strategic perspective of our developmental goals and long-term benefits to our peoples".

• He also became nostalgic saying that he had a good meeting with Chinese premier Xi in July.

• He slammed Pakistan in undertone voice and put the onus on neighbor country for failing to give new paradigm to the relation.

• Modi said, "I had a very good meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in May 2014, when he attended the swearing-in ceremony of my government.

• "We had decided to explore how to take relations forward. We, therefore, were disappointed that Pakistan sought to make a spectacle of these efforts and went ahead with talks with secessionist elements from Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi just prior to the meeting of the foreign secretaries."

• Maintaining scope of future talk, he said, "India has no hesitation to discuss any outstanding issue with Pakistan within the bilateral framework that has been established under the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration".

Why China, US must have hawk eye

• Japan is an important strategic partner of US as both have their common enemy China.

• US and all allied power is weary about the fact that China has grown to one of the biggest superpower as far as their economic and military set up is concerned.

• US will be more than happy if Indo-Japan will strike a new paradigm of their diplomatic relationship.

• India is also having their dispute with China, but India must not fall a prey for US.

• Modi must put India's interest to top of its chart when he will meet with Abe in Tokyo on September 1, without keeping in the mind whether it will displease China or for that matter US.

Will chemistry between Modi and Shinzo Abe give spur to Indo-Japan relation?

• Both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe have lot of similarities.

• Apart from enjoying birthday in the same month September, both are considered an ardent right wing leader.

• Abe took the power in December 2012, when Modi had won Gujarat Assembly election third time which set the pitch for his becoming Prime Minister later on.

• After years of political uncertainties, both came to power with bang amid lots of expectation and are trying to stand up to it.

• Now every eye is on whether Modi-Abe chemistry will be able to rewrite new history or not, though their past gives positive vibes about it.

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