US-Japan joint statement highlights importance of trilateral dialogue with India
A joint statement between Barack Obama (US) and Shinzo Abe (Japan) in Tokyo (Japan) has spotlit a trilateral dialogue between Japan, India and the US for “peace and economic prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and around the globe“. Such a trilateral accord, Japan already has with Australia and South Korea. The statement marks rising importance of the India-Japan ties. The next round of the US-India-Japan trilateral is scheduled for in June, 2014.
US and Japan agreed to strengthen cooperation in the following areas:
- Settle maritime disputes in the South China Sea
- Policy coordination to address global challenges viz. women’s empowerment, disaster risk reduction, global health, climate change, counter-terrorism, cyber policy, nuclear security, etc.
- Building capacities for maritime safety and security to better enforce law, fight illegitimate trafficking and weapons proliferation, and defend marine resources.
- Cooperate in the field of disaster risk management especially grounded on the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
- US looks forward to a reformed UN Security Council that includes Japan as a permanent member.
Strategic move India plans from India-Japan-US alliance:
India is preparing for a meeting of stakeholders from all 3 nations (India, US and Japan) to begin infrastructure projects in the North-East states of India and which could be further extended through Myanmar, Thailand and beyond. The thought behind India’s planned move is to build East-West connectivity to offset China’s North-South ties in South-East Asia.