New Delhi: Indian defence minister AK Antony will proceed on a short trip to Japan early next month in an attempt to bolster strategic and military ties between the two Asian nations. It is expected that he will discuss ways to boost military ties in fields ranging from counter-terrorism and anti-piracy measures to defence R&D and training.
Antony starts his visit on November 8.
Defence sources said India is pursuing a "mutually beneficial" defence relationship with Japan to tackle regional and global security challenges.
|An Indian Navy frigate takes position during Malabar 2007, an exercise involving ships of the navies of the United States, Australia, India, Japan, and the Republic of Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo)|
"We have common concerns about extremism, terrorism and nuclear proliferation. Piracy is another major issue of worry. The navies and coast guards of the two countries are already exercising together to learn from each other and build interoperability," sources said.
The two countries have already enhanced their cooperation in combating piracy on the high seas, both bilaterally as well as under the framework of the 'Regional cooperation agreement on combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.'
India and Japan may also share some concerns about the long-term intentions of China, which has rapidly expanded and modernised its military forces.