In pics: PM Modi meets Shinzo Abe in Japan

Posted October 30, 2018

"Today India is making tremendous progress in the field of digital infrastructure".

During the first official visit to Beijing by a Japanese political leader in almost seven years, Abe and the Chinese leaders agreed on the principle of moving from "competition to cooperation" in a new era of relations between Asia's two biggest economies.

Speaking to the press after his talks with Mr. Abe, Mr. Modi said the India-Japan bilateral relationship was invested in upholding the rule of law and democratic values.

The prime minister leaves for India later today.

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India and Japan have signed a $75 billion bilateral currency swap agreement on Monday during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Tokyo, India said in a statement.

The summit, marked by a full day of informal meetings and deep conversations on Sunday, as well as delegation-level talks and industry outreach, saw the vision statement announce a "new era in India-Japan relations", which will enable them to "cooperate for peace, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific".

"In 2014, when I took over the reins of the government, India's position in World's Ease of Doing Business was 142nd". We sent Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan at very low expense. "The discussions in these sessions were extremely fruitful and will add strength to our ties", tweeted the PM. "I have been told that today Japan investors have announced that they will invest 2.5 billion U.S. dollars in India", he said at the joint briefing.

During Abe's trip to India in September previous year, Modi welcomed him in his home state of Gujarat.

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"India is going through a massive transformative phase and worldwide agencies say the country will drive the growth of the global economy in the coming decade", he told the gathering. On Sunday, he was invited to Abe's vacation home at a scenic resort in the shadow of Mount Fuji.

The Japanese PM said on Twitter that the opportunity allowed him to talk frankly about India-Japan relations in a relaxed atmosphere.

Abe and Modi are expected to issue a joint communique on strengthening security cooperation and measures aimed at pursuing a "free and open Indo-Pacific", Kyodo News agency reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed Japanese foreign ministry official.

After the luncheon, they toured a factory in the village of Oshino in the prefecture that produces industrial robots as the Indian leader had expressed strong interest in inspecting a plant that builds Shinkansen bullet train cars during a visit to Japan in 2016.

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