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India, Japan Plan More Military Drills to Strengthen Ties

Voice of America News reports: “India and Japan said Thursday they would deepen defense cooperation, with New Delhi inviting investment by Japanese industries and both countries planning a joint military drill involving their air force fighters.

India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held talks in Tokyo with his Japanese counterpart Yasukazu Hamada, and both will join their respective foreign ministers later in the day for ‘two-plus-two’ talks.

‘He invited Japanese industries to invest in India’s defense corridors,’ India’s defense ministry said in a statement, referring to Singh.

‘The two ministers agreed that the early conduct of the inaugural fighter exercise will pave the way for much greater cooperation and inter-operability between the air forces of the two countries.’

India, like Japan, is bolstering its military to tackle what it sees as increased security threats, including from neighboring China…”

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