The summit comes amid rising tension in the region following a nuclear test by North Korea and new Chinese aggressiveness in the South China Sea. On the back of three India-Japan Annual Summits since the Narendra Modi led government came to power at the Centre, India-Japan ties are set to strengthen further during the course of Abe's India visit.
The leaders will then participate in the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, where as many as 15 agreements will be signed, the Times of India reported.
Incidentally, the fact that the African Union has 54 members - one-third of the United Nations' total membership - can even help India and Japan achieve their dream of becoming permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Delhi and Tokyo have agreed to collaborate closely in defence production, including on dualuse technologies and PM Shinzo Abe's visit will increase the overall military engagement under the bilateral special strategic framework.
The two leaders, who are also close friends, would take part in a eight-km-long road show that would start from the Ahmedabad airport and culminate at the Sabarmati Ashram.
India will buy 12 US-2 ShinMaywa aircrafts in flyway condition and another 18 will be jointly manufactured in India.
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The 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project will entail an estimated cost of Rs.1,10,000 crore.
Japan was the only major country which conveyed its unequivocal support to India and Bhutan through diplomatic channels during the Doklam standoff.
India to witness the launch of country's first bullet train project on 14th of September. "This (the talks) is acquiring gradual maturity".
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The bullet trains in India will initially run between the financial hub of Mumbai and the industrial city of Ahmedabad in western Gujarat. Northeast infrastructure development has been on the bilateral agenda for a couple of years, but giving it a focused push and direction, India and Japan created India-Japan Coordination Forum for Development of North East on August 4. "Discussions are clearly to begin in depth.what kind of projects and what sectors.it will be in consultation with the stakeholders, with the concerned departments of government of India as well as the northeastern states". Japan, for its part, regularly joins the annual Malabar maritime exercises conducted by the Indian and USA navies in the Indian Ocean. A source told the Indian Express: "We wanted different locations so that there are no similarities, since the relationships with both countries are at completely different levels".
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