Japan, India affirm to boost defense cooperation
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 09-May-2017

Tokyo, May 9: The political situation in Asia seems to be in tension.  N.Korea’s constant missile firing, the territorial row in South China sea- the turmoil is increasing day by day. Amid this rising tension, Japan and India have affirmed plans to strengthen their military cooperation.

Regional peace and stability are important to maintain the peace in a nation. India wants to pursue a strategic partnership with Japan. Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley expressed this view to his Japanese counterpart, Tomomi Inada. He is on a visit to Japan.

A trilateral naval exercise is planned in July to boost the cooperative force in the region. India, US, Japan will exercise the trilateral maneuver. “This is all reflective of the level of cooperation our armed forces have with each other,” Arun Jaitley told.

China is trying to assert more power in the region. In such a situation, India and Japan are stepping to further cooperation. Japan, the U.S., and India will start their joint naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal from July 10.

The helicopter carrier Izumo, Japan’s largest warship will attend the Malabar trilateral exercise. The Malabar trilateral exercise was first initiated in 1992. Then US and India used to take part in the exercise, Japan started in 2007.