Japan and India inch towards alliance as China asserts itself in Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agree that India’s economy could be transformed through Japanese strategic investment push (photo: dpa)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agree that India’s economy could be transformed through Japanese strategic investment push (photo: dpa)

For a long time after World War II, India attracted little interest from Japan. New Delhi was on the wrong side of the Cold War in Tokyo’s eyes, and its autarkic economic policies left little space for Japanese trade or investment. In time, Japan became India’s largest aid supplier and continues to lead donors. Over the past eight years, though, the two countries have redefined their economic relationship, which is now based on large-scale Japanese investment in Indian manufacturing. Politically, their nascent strategic relationship rests on shared concern about an expansive China.

Ties between the two nations deteriorated only once in the post Cold War (1947-1991) period, when Japan ...

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