By Ayako Hirayama / Japan News Staff WriterOSAKA — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, reaffirmed their position to work together to realize a “free and open Indo-Pacific” during their bilateral talks in Osaka on Thursday.
The meeting was held ahead of the two-day summit of the Group of 20 leading economies starting Friday in Osaka. Abe expressed his willingness to hold so-called two-plus-two dialogue between the foreign and defense ministers of Japan and India as early as possible for that purpose.
He told the Indian prime minister that Japan wants to work out the specifics to strengthen the security cooperation between the two countries.
India has supported the “Indo-Pacific Strategy” pushed by the United States and made its stance clear of seeking stability in the Indo-Pacific region together with Japan and other countries. Japan and India are increasing cooperation, apparently with the aim of staving off China’s growing assertiveness in the region.