Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will visit New Delhi on Monday. During the visit, he is expected to unveil his plan for a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and focus on India’s increasingly important role in the region. In the backdrop of China’s increasing military assertiveness, the emerging situation in the Indo-Pacific region is also likely to figure in a comprehensive dialogue between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kishida.
The Japanese prime minister will arrive in New Delhi on Monday morning on a nearly 27-hour-long visit aimed at further expanding bilateral ties in a number of areas, including defense and security, trade and investment and high technology.
Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Kishida are also set to discuss priorities for India’s Presidency of the G20 and Japan’s Presidency of the G7.
The Japanese Prime Minister is expected to unveil a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific plan for peace’ during a lecture organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs at the Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, people in the know said on Saturday. The plan is expected to make India’s importance clear for the Indo-Pacific.
In June last year, at the prestigious Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, PM Kishida had said that he would prepare a plan for the Indo-Pacific next spring.
He had said, “I will prepare a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific plan for peace’ by next spring, which will emphasize providing patrol ships, maritime law enforcement capabilities, cyber security, digital and green initiatives, and increasing economic security.” strengthen Japan’s efforts to promote a vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific with the
The plan is expected to give details of Japan’s policy and approach towards the Indo-Pacific. In the last few years, almost all major powers have come out with their strategies for the Indo-Pacific.