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The Japanese relationship is very crucial to us at such times, in the face of a possible confrontation with China.

The Cold War is marked for shifting the geopolitical centre of gravity from the Euro-Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific region. Asian economies are now worth for more than half of global GDP and are becoming larger.

According to President Xi Jinping’s ‘two guides’ policy, China should guide ‘the shaping of the new world order’ and safeguard ‘international security’. The BRI is also complemented by a growing Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean.

Differences with China did not begin with Doklam, they began long ago in the form of:

  • Visa issue for Indians belonging to Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Growing incidents of incursions along the disputed boundary.
  • Blocking of India’s bid to join the NSG.
  • Ensuring that Pakistan-based terrorist groups found no mention in the BRICS summit in Goa.
  • And preventing the inclusion of Masood Azhar from being designated as a terrorist by the UN Security Council by exercising a veto.

 

The Japanese relationship is very crucial to us at such times, in the face of a possible confrontation with China. Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor is more than symbolism. It demonstrates that high-cost Japanese technology is viable in developing countries and also that India has the absorption capacity to master it. Another major initiative that is recently launched is the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor to build connectivity for which Japan and India has committed $30 billion and $10 billion respectively. However to make this critical ‘global partnership’ work between the two countries, India needs to change its style of implementing projects abroad. That is because most of our overseas projects have been plagued by cost and time over-runs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One thing seems to absolutely clear now that, though slowly and steadily but prime minister Narendra Modi’ s foreign trips are accompanying fruitful results and his diplomatic outpouring and maneuvering, exhibiting positive results, particularly in terms of sending clear and loud message to mighty powers like China that India of 2017 is indeed now different from the India of 1962, when it suffered at the hands of the dragon, being militarily ill equipped and weak.

The visits of prime minister Modi to foreign lands after his becoming prime minister were severely criticized by the opposition, castigating him for wasting the exchequer’s money and accompanying no concrete and fruitful results to improve the economic climate of foreign investment in the country but the way , prime minister Narendra Modi and his efficient team on foreign affairs and national security has exhibited the dexterity to resolve the extremely complex Doklam issue by making obstinate and erroneous China come to the negotiating table and reach a mutual agreement, including impressing China’s bete noire Japan and the US to be India’s most trusted and long lasting friends, speaks of the fact that Narendra Modi has today proved himself to be an efficient prime minister to have elevated India’s image internationally and also countered and morally degraded India’s arch rival China and Pakistan diplomatically.

Prime minister Modi’s two visits to United States of America, France, Germany, Abu Dhabi, England, Japan, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Myanmar and to several Saarc nations as well, have been quite successful in the sense that not only has the former succeeded in cornering China and Pakistan but has also brought tremendous amount of foreign investment including arriving at unanimity on effectively and with heavy hand countering all forms of terrorism, especially those engineered and sponsored from across India’ s border Pakistan. Today, China and Pakistan are almost isolated in the international arena with the majority of the western nations, Asian/ Saarc countries and the middle east backing India against the Dragon and Pakistan. Prime minister Modi’ s efficient leadership role among st the SAARC nations and its recent bid to come to the aid of neighboring Himalayan kingdom Bhutan on Doklam impasse compounded with making BRICS nation agree on unitedly fighting the Pak sponsored terror outfits viz Laskare Tayyeba, Hizbul Mujahiddin, Haqqani network etc is a step forward in the elevation of India’ s leadership image globally.

The recent frustration of China in the form of its foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying’ s statement in the context of India’ s deepening ties with Japan that India should forge partnership and not alliance with Japan, its permanent bete noire is a clear indication that prime minister Modi’ s successful diplomacy by making Japan its most trusted and all weather friend after the US and other nations of the globe, has shattered the confidence of China. What do you say, friends?

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Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat allegiance and his love for Gujaraties is, these days being acknowleged in real actions in the form of rewards to the inhabitants of the state which he ruled as its Chief Minister for three times in succession and there can’t be the biggest reward ever, than an over ambitious project of worth 108 lakh crores in the form of an extremely hi tech bullet train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai with the financial and technical support of China’s bete noire and India’ s trusted friend Japan. This is not the first time that prime minister Modi has obliged the people of his state with such a precious gift but during his last year’s England sojourn/ tour he gifted the Gujraties with London to Ahmedabad Air India service, as well, that was long awaited.

Therefore, if we say that Gujarat, today is the luckiest state to have Narendra Modi as PM, would not be wrong or statement of over estimation. In addition to this, the Gujarat’s leading entrepreneur and an industrialist who also happens to be his friend and protagonist is also entering into the indeginous production of defence fighter plane with foreign collaboration “SAAB” of Swedan in the near future. There is not an inkling of doubt that though Narendra Modi is the prime minister of the whole country but his attention, allegience and concentration in the development of Gujarat is still on the anvil and in view of the fast approaching Gujarat election he does not want to loose any opportunity and chance to ensure the over all development of Gujarat.

That’s the reason that whether it was the visit of the Chinese president or the premier of Japan, including other heads of countries abroad, he never forgets to take them to his own state under the garb of visiting father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi’s land of birth, the state of Gujarat and his Sabarmati Ashram. Who does not know that after the completion of the highly prosperous Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train project they’ll be primarily Gujarat and Mumbai who’ ll be largely benefitted by this Indo Japanese trade corridor, not the entire country. But prime minister Modi’ s efforts need to be complimented as even after shifting his power centre to Delhi after assuming the significant office of the Prime minister Gujarat and Gujraties are still his prime priority, the state and its affectionate people that helped and blessed him to be its chief minister for a long spell and later on the prime minister of the country by their resounding support.

Election bound Gujarat which happens to be Modi’s home state, in addition to the over-ambitious 108 lakh crore bullet train project will also benefit with Japanese financial and tecnological assistence. An agreement between Japan international coperation agency and the Gujarat maritime board for developing the Alang ship building board besides the establishment of two Industrial Parks have  also been signed between both the countries

In order to counter the One Road One Belt initiatives both India and Japan will also strive to enhance their international cooperation with Asia and Africa with special focus on developing infrastructural projects in which Japan will invest heavily.

What’ seems to be special about the whopping financial aid of 88000 crores to India in the bullet train project is that Japan would charge a negligible interest of merely 0.1% annually which has been highly appreciated by prime minister Modi while addressing a large gathering of people at the inauguration function of this long pending project in Gujarat today.

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The international political scenario is heating up steadily and gradually. The main reason and crux of this heat is none other but expansionist China, Pakistan and North Korea, the difficult trio who’ve literary disturbed the whole equation of the otherwise peaceful and tranquil South Asian Subcontinent.

Now Russia also seems to have completely fallen in the trap of notorious China. Today, on the one hand while India and its prime minister Narendra Modi is succesfully establishing cementing friendly relations with the dragon’s bete noire Japan’ s prime minister Shinze Abe by having ten meetings with him in just a short span of three years after his assuming charge as the prime minister of the largest democracy of the world since 2014, including having dinner diplomacy today as well in Gujarat, the two powerful heads of the developed nations China and Russia are finalising deals to help and support India’ s arch rival Pakistan at all costs in the event of United States of America taking any stand against it.

The two Asian giants have pledged to stand with terror supporting Pakistan in any eventuality, particularly if United States stands against it, blocks monetary aid and applies sanctions in future. This recent development has unambiguously created two separate blocks with Pakistan being their common unstinted and faithful ally, come what may.

This unique declaration by China and Russia to cohesively stand in support of Pakistan against a super power America directly and against India indirectly, especially when China’s bete noire Japanese Prime Minister Shinze Abe is India’ s guest and likely to sign various bilateral agreements of assistence and mutual cooperation to the tune of 5 lakh crores that also includes an over ambitious hi tech bullet train project with Japanese support, from Ahmedabad to Mumbai, speaks of the fact that China is today the most jealous country who wanted to see India doomed at any cost.

The deflection of Russia from the path of Indian friendship after having been influenced by China is the result of India’s increasing closeness towards United States of America as a permanent ally and the special treatment being meted out to India and Prime Minister Modi by President Donald Trump by taking Pakistan to task on Afgan policy and giving extra weitage to India.

Since the day, United states of America, its Congress and President Donald Trump had scolded Pak rulers on Afgan policy and held it directly responsible for aiding and abetting terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan by openly supporting the Talibanese and Haqqani Network, unabatedly killing the American soldiers and military officers and stopping the annual US aid of 255 million US dollars, since then the badly frustrated Pakistan has started unstinting efforts to approach its actual God Father China who has further roped in Russia to stand strongly and forcefully with Pakistan.

Today China, Russia and Pakistan are the common enemies of mighty United States of America and the silent foes of this trio are India, US, Japan, England, Saudi Arabia, Europeon Union and the NATO countries, who are today in princple and spirit strongly unified agaist them ( the above trio) who are constantly instigating North Koria and its paranoid ruler to expode nuclear missiles on Japanese sea to intimidate US and Japan which expansionist China and Russia can’t ever think of endeavoring themselves to annoy the mighty US. Reports are also pouring in that anti US, Iran who was restricted by the former to disengage its Nuclear Missile programme is also trying to join China and Russia to stand in support of Pakistan in the eventuality of United States’ anti Pakistan posture in the near future.

Meanwhile, in view of Pakistan’s open hostile posture against US by establishing more cohesive proximity with China and Russia and the duo’s concrete assurance to stand with Pakistan in the event of US leaving it, President Donald Trump has softened his obstinate anti Pak stance and has expressed its willingness no to loose its taditional and long term Ally (Pakistan).

The United States has reassured Pakistan to release the financial aid if necessary and is trying to reassure the annoyed Islamic nation to come to terms with it.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Israel on Tuesday for a 48-hour visit. Modi’s visit to the Jewish country is the first by an Indian pioneer of politics. Him being a Hindu patriot, traditionalist and adherent to free markets, he has the benefit of extraordinary prominence at home, and according to many think tanks he is bound to be re-elected as the PM in 2019.

As per a rundown given by Minister of State to External Affairs V.K. Singh, in an answer to an inquiry, after first going to Bhutan in June 2014, Modi went to visit the U.S. four times, and Nepal, Russia , Japan, China and Afghanistan  twice each. He has actually made 56 International visits since accepting charge.

Such a forceful attitude by the PM towards visiting to various nations as a method of strategy is a sensational change as compared to all the strategies adopted by  the predecessors except the first Prime Minister of the nation, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Such visits are focused about building the brand India picture and to showcase our countries capabilities on international stages. To prove that Indian business visionaries with world-class ideas and visions possess the capacity to exhibit their ability and find genuine accomplices and resources to recreate their dreams.

The impact of such visits is a get together for mutually beneficial trade partners and political thinkers, for example, the Indo-Japan Trade Forum. The CEOs of various Silicon Valley based companies have also begun to show a lot more interest in our country as of late, most of which is directed towards Modi’s enthusiastic approach to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ ventures.

The benefits of his International visits are of course boasted by all his supporters, but there is a group largely comprising of the opposition in India that claims that such visits are a waste of tax payer’s hard earned money. According to them the PM should focus more on the internal problems of the country. Modi, who is too busy to pay heed to such talks, will soon be making a trip to Germany, to participate in the G20 Summit in Hamburg.

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Much is being talked about how US President-elect Donald Trump  foreign policy will unfold in the Middle East where America is leading the coalition to fight ISIS, some critical decisions about Pacific where China, a close ally of North Korea is determinant power will also have a bearing on US-China changing relations. With Trump  devising new terms and conditions for the military alliance between US-Japan-South Korea after January 20th whereby these countries will have to put their defense expenditure, China  with its massive military built up in South China Sea will aggressively confront US to dictate terms to bring North Korea for the resumption of six-party talks.

Meanwhile, China is opposing unilateral sanctions on North Korea outside the framework of Security Council resolutions. 

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula reached a high level in 2015 when Pyongyang conducted two nuclear tests and a string of ballistic missile launches and as a response South Korea is about to complete the deployment of an advanced US missile defense system by May 2017. The tensions will further rise as Russia, China and North Korea termed the action of US  and Seoul as provocative. But Park Geun-hye impeachment has created political uncertainty in South Korea. 

If Trump is thinking of having normal ties with Russia  and using Moscow card to browbeat China then he is bound to fail as because Russia-China ties are far deeper than US-Russia understanding though Putin had in someway helped Trump win the US Presidential elections.

Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command ,warned China that Washington would not accept Chinese control of the South China Sea, despite Beijing’s having undertaken rapid development of artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.

Harris further added “We will cooperate where we can but we will be ready to confront where we must and the US fought its first war following our independence to ensure freedom of navigation”.  

Trump may have to tackle China by involving countries having ties with both the countries and will have to take into confidence his own intelligence agencies,especially the CIA as well as moderate Republican  and Democratic members of Congress.

Article Courtesy : Arti Bali, Senior Journalist & Analyst