Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in New Delhi this morning. He will have talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the areas of defence, security, trade and investment. The priorities of India’s presidency of G20 and Japan’s presidency of G7 will also be discussed. His visit is expected to last around 27 hours.
The Japanese PM will also unveil his plans for a ”free and open Indo-Pacific” with a focus on India’s increasingly significant role for the region. The evolving situation as well as China’s rising military assertiveness is also likely to figure in the talks.
In the last few years, many leading powers have come up with strategies for the Indo-Pacific. Japan has been raising the issue of a free and open Indo-Pacific in order to maintain and strengthen the rules based international order in this region.