India-Japan: A case for strategic engagement

By Mukul Asher

India has made good progress during the past decade in constructively engaging key countries and regional organizations around the world. This has been made possible as India countries to translate its economic potential into actual performance, and pursues strong and creditable national security policies.

At this juncture, there is a strong case for India and Japan to broaden and deepen economic and political engagement with a view to enhancing strategic depth and leverage of each country. The two countries had envisaged “global partnership” in the year 2000. It is time to give greater substance to this partnership the fact that India is the single largest recipient of Japanese Overseas Development assistance (ODA) is a strong signal from Japan but it needs to be complemented by more robust economic and political relations to achieve the strategic engagement.

(Update: This article was published in India’s Financial Express)

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