JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.79


Minister of Defense’s Visit to India

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Defense Minister Gen Nakatani visited India at the invitation of Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar. The two Ministers held the annual Defense Ministerial Meeting on July 14th in New Delhi. Also, Minister Nakatani paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.

The Ministers exchanged ideas in a constructive, productive and positive atmosphere under the framework of the &ldquo;Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership”. They shared recognition that a stronger bilateral strategic partnership requires extensive cooperation and concrete actions in defense and security fields. The two countries can work together to respond to global and regional challenges and jointly contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. The Ministers exchanged views and ideas on a wide range of issues pertaining to the current regional and international security situation as well as deepening of bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges. They also explained to each other their respective defense policies to promote mutual understanding.

The Ministers expressed deep condolences to both Japanese and Indian victims of the terrorist attack perpetrated in Bangladesh on July 1st. The Ministers resolutely condemned this brutal act of terrorism and reaffirmed that all forms and manifestations of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable under all circumstances, and noted that terrorism poses one of the most serious threats to the peace and security of the international community, as well as to the stability and development of the region. They emphasized that the evolving character of terrorism called for stronger international partnership in combating terrorism.

The Ministers recognized that the security and stability of the Seas connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans are indispensable for the peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. They expressed concern over recent developments in this regard. They reaffirmed the importance of respecting international law, as reflected notably in the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea), of the peaceful settlement of the disputes without any threat or use of force, and of ensuring freedom and safety of navigation and over-flight as well as unimpeded lawful commerce in international waters. In this context, they noted the Award of the Arbitral Tribunal on the South China Sea under the UNCLOS on July 12th 2016, and urged all parties to show utmost respect for the UNCLOS.

The Ministers expressed grave concern over North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. They urged North Korea to take concrete actions towards denuclearization and other goals as well as to fully comply with its international obligations, including under all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions. They reiterated concerns about nuclear and missile proliferation and called for exercising vigilance against their acquisition of nuclear and missile related technologies and information.

The Ministers acknowledged the importance of ASEAN-centered dialogue mechanisms including the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus). They also welcomed other efforts under its framework including ADMM Plus Experts’ Working Group (EWG) and recognized its utility. Minister Nakatani expressed his appreciation to the efforts made by Ministry of Defence of India as a chair of Humanitarian Mine Action EWG, and Minister Parrikar expressed his appreciation to the efforts made by Ministry of Defense of Japan as a chair of HA/DREWG.

Minister Nakatani explained that legal foundation for the SDF to further contribute to the peace and stability of the international community was established through the enforcement of the Legislation for Peace and Security in March this year. Minister Parrikar expressed his support to such efforts by Japan.

The Ministers welcomed the signing of the bilateral Memorandum on Defence Co-operation and Exchanges between the two Defence Ministries, in September 2014, and the conclusion of Agreement concerning Transfer of Defence Equipment & Technology and Agreement Concerning Security Measures for the Protection of Classified Military Information during Japan-India summit meeting in December 2015. They expressed satisfaction at strengthening the foundation for bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges. At the same time, the Ministers underlined their intention to explore more concrete and effective cooperation and decided to promote cooperation and exchanges in the following areas:
(1) High-level and Working-level Exchanges
(2) Exchanges between GSDF and Indian Army
(3) Exchanges between MSDF and Indian Navy
(4) Exchanges between ASDF and Indian Air Force
(5) Education and academic exchanges
(6) Cooperation in Defense Equipment and Technology

Minister Nakatani thanked Minister Parrikar for the gracious welcome and hospitality extended to him and members of the Japanese delegation during his visit to India.

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