And we know that this is bland, because unlike other official military logistics agreements in which India participates, the text of the agreement with Japan is accessible to the public via the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “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 a statement from Japan`s Foreign Ministry, he said the agreement would promote closer cooperation between the two countries` military and allow them to actively contribute to international peace and security. 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. After years of negotiations, India and Japan have reached a pioneering agreement that allows their military to access each other`s bases for logistical purposes, an important development that is part of a growing concern about China`s military muscle strength in the region. The agreement should facilitate the smooth and rapid delivery of supplies and services between Japan`s self-defence forces and the Indian armed forces. “They said.
The acquisition and cross-service agreement open to the public demystifies military logistics agreements for many in India. Modi, Abe say the deal will contribute to peace in the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday conveyed his thanks to his outgoing Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, for his personal commitment and leadership in strengthening relations between India and Japan. The Heads of State and Government also welcomed the signing of a mutual logistical support agreement. “They agreed that the agreement would further improve defence cooperation between the two countries and contribute to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region,” the MEA said. PTI In a statement to the press, the Indian Foreign Ministry said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart, the outgoing Abe Shinzo, “… Agreed that the agreement will further strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries and contribute to peace and security in the Pacific region. It is interesting to note that the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke of the agreement`s ability to enable the Japanese and Indian military to contribute to “international peace and international security,” not to mention in particular a theatre. India has already signed similar agreements with the United States, France and Singapore. The agreement provides for the creation of a framework for closer cooperation and interoperability and does not allow military personnel from both countries to use each other`s bases and facilities for repair and replenishment of supplies, the official said.
The signing of the agreement comes at a time when India is caught up in a bitter border dispute with China and countries in the region are increasingly concerned about China`s persuasive power in the Indo-Pacific region. On 24 August, I stated in these pages that one of the reasons why India`s “fundamental” defence cooperation agreements with the United States – including a logistical agreement – are drawing so much political attention to national territory, because “the texts of these agreements – and even official summaries – continue to serve as suspicion in a country that deeply protects its sovereignty and independent foreign policy.” Indeed, some analysts have been deprived of a draft agreement open to the public on the U.S. S.-India Logistics Exchang