In a telephonic dialog with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga on Monday expressed concern over “unilateral makes an attempt” to alter the established order within the East and South China Sea, China’s recently-passed Coast Guard Legislation and the state of affairs in Hong Kong.
China handed a legislation final month explicitly permitting, for the primary time, its coast guard to fireside on overseas vessels.
Within the interplay which lasted for about 40 minutes, Suga and Modi affirmed their cooperation in direction of realising a free and open Indo-Pacific. In addition they agreed to steadily advance each Japan-India bilateral cooperation and Japan-Australia-India-US quadrilateral cooperation.
The Prime Ministers additionally talked about Japan-India relations and determined they might “proceed their effort to materialise” the “Japan-India Particular Strategic and International Partnership” via cooperation in safety and protection, financial relationship together with digital fields and people-to-people exchanges.
Throughout their dialogue on the present regional state of affairs, Suga expressed concern over “unilateral makes an attempt” to alter the established order within the East and South China Sea, China’s Coast Guard Legislation, the state of affairs in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Area (XUAR).
PM Suga and PM Modi had a fruitful phone dialog. Mentioned our vital roles for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and agreed to additional improve Japan-India strategic partnership in addition to Quad cooperation. Additionally exchanged views on regional and international points.— Satoshi Suzuki (@EOJinIndia) March 9, 2021
The Indo-Pacific has emerged as the present area of geopolitics with the China’s territorial and maritime ambitions on show. With its latest conferences, the Quad grouping is being speculated as a potential counter to Beijing.
In the meantime, the 2 leaders additionally welcomed the progress on the high-speed rail venture and the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation on specified expert employees.
Amid the deteorating situation in Myanmar after a coup by the navy group ‘Junta’, Modi and Suga each expressed grave issues over the situation and stated they might intently work collectively within the matter.