“The agreement provides the framework for closer cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan on the reciprocal provision of supplies and services,” he said. In this context, Asian countries that believe in democracy, the rule of law and international agreements must come together to counterbalance China. In this regard, the reinterpretation of Japan`s war in 2015, which renounced Article 9 of its pacifist constitution, which allowed Japan`s self-defense forces to mobilize abroad under certain conditions – when Japan is attacked, or when a close ally is attacked and threatens Japan`s survival – was a step in the right direction. There was a much-needed strategic security dynamic in Japan. The pact with India is now an extension of this new strategic security situation in Japan. “The agreement will also improve interoperability between the armed forces of India and Japan,” the Defense Ministry said. The military agreement “will also improve interoperability between the armed forces of India and Japan, thereby strengthening bilateral defence operations under the Strategic Partnership between the two countries,” according to a separate statement from the Indian Ministry of Defense. Agreements such as the one India has just signed with Japan systematize the process of reciprocal provision of goods and services relevant to the operations of the two military personnel, within pre-defined accounting parameters. This is different from the exchanges that take place ad hoc, as has been the case in the past. It is clear that these agreements are certainly important, but far from being a “military pact” (with all its connotations), as described in the Nikkei Asian Review, except perhaps very literally. The fact that India and Japan signed this agreement – which has been under negotiation for some time – in the midst of the Indo-Chinese crisis in eastern Ladakh provided an exciting context for a fallacious agreement.

India and Japan have just signed a pact for the logistics of armaments. Last week, India and Japan concluded a support agreement that allows for interoperability and the use of each other`s military facilities. Indeed, the agreement allows for closer cooperation between the two armed forces and facilitates the reciprocal provision of supplies and services. In other words, India and Japan can now better coordinate in the defence sector to strengthen their presence in the Indo-Pacific area. New Delhi: A week before Shinzo Abe`s departure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of common memories with his “dear friend” and announced the signing of the much-anticipated military logistics agreement.

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