On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Japanese PM Suga Yoshihide had a telephonic talk. Through this, they discussed increasing bilateral and quadrilateral collaboration to improve Indo-Pacific relations. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the two leaders expressed satisfaction with the positive momentum build in the India-Japan Special Structural and International Partnership in recent years, which has been driven by mutual confidence and shared values.
“Had a fruitful conversation with PM Suga Yoshihide on the progress of India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership,” PM Modi posted on Twitter after the telephonic talks.
“We exchanged views on contemporary global challenges and agreed to further enhance our cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,” he further said.
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In a read-out of the telephonic talks, the Japanese government said that the two leaders exchanged views on the regional situation and that Mr. Yoshihide raised major concerns about “unilateral attempts” to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas, a direct response to China’s expansionist actions.
The Foreign Ministry of Japan said the two leaders “confirmed that they have grave concerns over the situation in Myanmar.”
“The two leaders also exchanged views on the regional situation. In this context, Prime Minister Suga expressed serious concerns regarding unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and the South China Sea, China’s Coast Guard Law, and the situation in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR),” according to statements.
PM Modi and Mr. Yoshihide, whereas, exchanged views on global and regional issues of common concern according to the PMO and agreed that the two nation’s partnership might play a critical role in resolving key problems.
They stressed the importance of their involvement with like-minded countries like Australia and the United States in the form of Quad consultations in this regard, and accepted that these fruitful discussions would continue, according to the statement. India, the United States, Japan, and Australia make up the Quad.
According to a statement released by the Japanese government, the two leaders “shared the recognition that cooperation toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific is becoming increasingly necessary,” and “shared the view to steadily advance both bilateral Japan-India cooperation and quadrilateral Japan-Australia-India-US cooperation.”
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Modi and Yoshihide praised that bilateral interactions were sustained over the last year, according to the PMO. They also expressed their delight at the recent signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation on Defined Skilled Workers (SSW), which they expect to be implemented soon.