New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left for Japan.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: “An eastward sojourn begins, this time for the Annual Summit with Japan. PM @narendramodi departs for Tokyo.”
Ahead of his visit to the Asian nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India’s partnership with Japan is characterized as a Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
“Our partnership with Japan is characterized as a Special Strategic and Global Partnership. India and Japan see each other through a prism of shared Buddhist heritage, democratic values, and commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based global order,” Modi said.
He said Japan is a top investor in India.
“But many Japanese companies, which are household names in India, have been committed to the potential of Indian economy for several decades. In Tokyo, I will have a detailed interaction with top business leaders from India and Japan, to look for ways to further strengthen our trade and investment ties,” Modi said.
Modi will meet Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to the nation from Nov 10-12.
Chinese state media has warned New Delhi will commit a “serious mistake” if it attempts to tango with Japan on the issue of South China Sea issue to oppose Beijing.
“As a non-claimant to the South China Sea and an outsider that has no traditional influence on the region, India has been paying keen attention to any activity because the country has adopted a ‘Look East’ policy since Modi took,” China’s state-controlled newspaper Global Times wrote.
Image: Vikas Swarup Twitter page