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Most analyses of the increasingly close relationship between India and Japan assume it is about common concerns about China. Beijing’s bellicosity contributes a large slice of the bilateral pie, but the utility of the relationship to the domestic agendas of Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe is the real filling.  
 
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In today’s multipolar world stamped by an asymmetrical power distribution, Tokyo and New Delhi figure on every analyst’s list of major power centres. The relationship between the two nations impacts the Asian power balance, in the backdrop of China’s economic and military rise and a marked tendency to assert itself.

 
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A coincidence, as they say in dip­lomacy, needs a lot of work. A crucial meeting between the ‘special representatives’ of India and China, barely a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tokyo for the annual bilateral summit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, might be a coincidence, but is not without significance.

 
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Buckley and his co-authors argue that India served “an important growth motor for Japanese firms” and was a “significant catalyst of Japan’s industrialisation” in the first few decades of the 20th century. As India seeks to replace China as the factory of the world in the 21st century, Japan could be one of the catalysts of India’s industrial development.

 

The PM’s talks in Japan will coincide with a critical meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in Vienna on Friday which will consider the question of criteria on whether to admit India and Pakistan, the two non-signatories to the NPT that have applied for membership. India has made predictability an important part of its pitch for the NSG membership, which would come under a cloud if it were to allow Japan to cancel its agreement in the event of a nuclear test, which explains the sharp focus on the exact text of the agreement in Tokyo.

 
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In a regional environment where a US-led containment strategy against China has no future, there is urgency to reset the sights and rethink old assumptions.

 
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India and Russia have reiterated their commitment in defence cooperation with announcements on several big ticket procurements such as S-400 air defence missile system, Kamov 226T helicopters, Grigorovich class frigates (Project 1135.6) and also an agreement with Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation to set up shipbuilding capabilities in Andhra Pradesh.

 

 
 
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Donald Trump is at the Oval Office and the big question on India's mind is how should it open up to an American president who mimicked an Indian call centre worker in one of his campaign speeches? 

 
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These developments call for greater care and wisdom in the handling of our relations with India and the US than has been exhibited so far. While working for a tension-free relationship with India, we should recognise that friendship with India will remain an elusive goal in the foreseeable future. Consequently, SAARC must be downgraded as a vehicle for regional cooperation. Instead, ECO must be built up by us as an organisation for regional economic integration. We must also adopt a long-term approach to the Kashmir dispute keeping in view the national, regional, and global ground realities. We need to lower our expectations from the US while maintaining and, where possible, strengthening our friendly relations with it. Finally, we should develop bridges of understanding and cooperation with Russia while deepening our strategic links with Iran.

 
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Never in the history of India-Nepal relations have ties soured and sweetened so quickly as this year, following the rise and fall of the pro-China KP Oli-led Cumminist Party of India (Unified Marxist-Leninist) coalition Government and the re-rise of the converted, no-longer-anti-India Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ as Prime Minister a second time.   
 


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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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