To deepen military ties between India and Japan over the entire range of issues Army Chief of Staff General Bikram Singh of India (Bikram Singh, pictured) in February, will make four-day visit to Japan, reports The Times of India on February 1.
«Military and strategic partnership with Japan to a new level. February 11, General Singh met with the defense ministers of Japan and senior military officials to discuss ways the forthcoming development of bilateral ties. He will also visit some Japanese defense sites, «said a spokesman for the Indian government.
The visit will take place against the backdrop of «assertive Chinese behavior» in territorial disputes and modernization of the PLA frisky. First in the history of naval dialogue between India and Japan was held on January 29. Both countries have an interest in conducting joint military exercises and coordinated fight against piracy and terrorism, which should strengthen the «global partnership» India and the rising sun.
«India and Japan have identical eyes on a number of global and regional problems such as extremism, terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Both countries also seek to ensure the safety of sea lanes in the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific region, because it is very dependent on maritime transport of raw materials and international trade, «said a bureaucrat. «In addition to the constant teachings of the Indian forces and the Japanese Coast Guard, our Navy will also conduct coordinated operations to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden. We also conduct regular contacts between our navies, «he added.