Why is Indian PM Modi Celebrating Japanese PM Abe’s Victory?

A magnificent election victory for the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s election is good news for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India and Japan have developed strong relationship under Modi’s leadership and now both Modi and Abe are planning to cooperate on various economic and strategic issues. A new term for Abe means that Indian PM Modi has got a strong ally in both Abe and Japan.

Japan-India Counter to China

At a time when the United States is retreating from its role as a global leader, China is working hard to emerge as a new global leader. The US, led by Donald Trump has retreated from various international pacts including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has affected Japan.

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Japan and India are skeptical about China’s rise and domination in Asia. Both the nations believe that If they come together then they could counter China’s aggressive foreign and defense policies.

Besides the growing presence of the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean, China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project is also believed to pose a big challenge to both India and Japan, considering China rapid economic and strategic growth all over Asia.

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India and Japan have already made plans for the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor in response to the OBOR. Japan also needs a strategic partner as India because China is a threat to its influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The partnership between India and Japan has potential to counter China’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the Indian Ocean.

Personal Chemistry between Modi and Abe

There are very few international leaders with whom Modi shares such a positive chemistry as is with Abe. Both are right-wing nationalist leaders who have won a massive victory in the elections and are known to take tough decisions.

Due to this amazing bonhomie, Modi will be better off working with Abe than any other new Japanese leader. After the rise of Modi and Abe, relations between India and Japan have dramatically improved; the Civil Nuclear Agreement being a good example of Abe-Modi chemistry. Now when Japanese PM Abe has got the second term, both leaders can find many more areas to cooperate and work together and counterbalance the influence of China.