Japan

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has stressed the need for a strategic and global partnership with India to strengthen ties between the two countries, and told the Indian parliament that Japan had “rediscovered” India as a “partner and friend.” Abe is also due to hold talks with Indian PM Manmohan Singh and will sign a series of major agreements, mainly aimed at doubling bilateral trade. Analysts say India and Japan are fostering a strategic relationship which many believe is aimed at countering China. Both governments will announce a plan to jointly develop an ambitious manufacturing and freight corridor between Delhi and the financial capital, Mumbai. (BBC)

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