Indian Prime Minister Modi's Far East Reach Out

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a state visit to Japan in month of October.Political experts in India and China are keeping a close eye on this visit as it will bring many negotiations,deal and agreement both for India and Japan.Japan is a close ally of USA and India has a historical friendship with Japan so China is a bit cautious on India's this move. I tried to understand what this visit will bring to India and why or why not China should worry. Bhartiya Janta Party's Ms Meenakshi Lekhi gave a thoughtful interview on this : 

Question 1- 

PM Modi is often blamed for his too many foreign trips. Do you see it yet another one or you see it as yet another successful trip where many bilateral issues and agreements will be agreed upon? 

Ans: If We look at the past record of earlier Prime Ministers We will find they too travelled a lot but visited lesser countries in given no. of days. Present PM has traveled to more no. of countries in lesser no. of days. This indicates that his trips are very effective, efficient & purposeful . PM Modi visits a foreign country with a strict sense of purpose and objectives. His visits have not only resulted in enhanced diplomatic and strategic ties but also have resulted in the enhanced clout of India in the global community, hence the PM Modi's incoming trip to Japan is not going to be any different. It’s clear objective is to establish relationships and thus manage diplomacy with a sense of business. 

2-Japan is close ally of USA and so is India, so expectations of India is high.Can you elaborate what deals and agreements can be accomplished during this visit? 

Ans: In this visit of PM Modi, India and Japan are expected to agree to enhance cooperation on security. Further, the ongoing economic cooperation through Japanese official development assistance, such as, infrastructure constructions across India, and, especially, early development of the high-speed railway line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, based on Japan's shinkansen bullet train technology, is sure to be among main agenda items. 

3- China is keeping a close eye on this visit as Japan and 
China are in eye ball to eye ball on many issues. How do you see this? 

China, over the past few years, has been increasing its footprint around India in the Indian Ocean Region and hence it's important for us to ally with all the forces in the region who feel equally threatened by China. Moreover, Japan's PM Abe is aggressively trying to promote his "Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy" policy through which it wants to forge close ties with Asian and African countries. Hence, India must enhance strategic ties with Japan to check the growing maritime assertiveness of China. 

4-Japan is home to Asian Development Bank while China is home to BRICS Bank. Both Banks are created to fulfill need of Asian countries but do they really do that or they are doing the same as world Bank is doing- Favoring some favored nations? 

The mandate of BRICS bank is very limited as compared to the Asian Development Bank or the World Bank, hence its not proper to compare the role of BRICS bank with that of the ADB. 


5-The visit to Japan will open a new chapter in Indo Japan relation but will it make any change on policies towards far east? 

Ans: At present, our focus is to enhance close co-operation with every country in Asia. Look east policy can’t but be emphasised in the field of business, strategy & security . Hence, India will engage in multilateral relationships with Tokyo, the United States and Australia, to secure the fundamental mutual interests like, freedom of navigation and rule of international maritime laws. 

6-What Technological,Corporate deals are expected in this visit? 

Ans: As PM Modi's primary goal during this visit is to enhance cooperation on security, Japan and India will discuss the potential export of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's US-2 amphibious aircraft to India for use in search and rescue operations. Further, some kind of agreement on expansion of the joint exercise between Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the Indian Army is also likely to happen, apart from the plan to upgrade two-plus-two security talks in order to make it an exercise on the ministerial level instead of the vice minister level, as is the present practice. Artificial intelligence, pharmacy,robotics,IT,manpower training through skill training are some fields amongst many in which cooperation is a possibility. 

7-What Japan and India can give and gain from each other and why China should or should not worry with this visit? 

Ans: I've already elaborated on what India and Japan can gain from each other. Both India & Japan are peaceful democracies, where rule of law is the way of life. These are safest countries to deal with , what’s there to fear from such positive alliances. Further, I can say that since Japan is hoping India will get involved deeply in multilateral relationships with nations friendly to Tokyo, China may take note of this visit. However, as it is well known in global diplomatic circle, India has historically remained away from any secret alliances or treaties aimed against any particular nation, hence China has no reason to worry from PM Modi's visit. Having said that, I must add that it is the paramount duty of a nation to protect it's sovereign rights and interests, and hence, any step taken by India in that direction must be seen by others in this specific context. 

Meenakshi Lekhi is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is a Member of Parliament from New Delhi constituency in the 16th Lok Sabha.[1] She is the national spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party[2] and a Supreme Court of Indialawyer. She won the high-profile New Delhi parliamentary constituency with over 4.5 lakh votes as a BJP candidate in the 2014 elections.[3] In July 2016, she was appointed as chairperson of the Committee on Privileges of the Lok Sabha in Parliament[4] and is continuing since then in that position. Besides writing articles in journals, periodicals and newspapers on socio-political issues, she participates in various television shows on matters on national and international importance. Lekhi writes 'Forthwrite'[5], a fortnightly column in The Week magazine. With her equal command over English and Hindi, she is known as a firebrand debater in the parliament and has distinguished herself with numerous debates on matters of national importance in the Lok Sabha, such as debates on "intolerance" in India[6] and the Triple Talaq Bill[7]. She has also distinguished herself as an active participant in the various parliamentary processes and was awarded with the "Best Debut Women Parliamentarian" award by Lokmat in 2017. 
After completing her B.Sc. in Botany from Hindu College, Delhi,Meenakshi Lekhi joined the Campus Law Centre-I, Delhi University for her LLB. She enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1990, and started practising at the Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court, and several other courts, tribunals and forums in different parts of the country. 

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