Sunday, 24 September, 2017

PM Modi receives Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Ahmedabad

Piyush Goyal confident about completion of Ahmedabad Mumbai Bullet Train Project by 2022 Piyush Goyal confident about completion of Ahmedabad Mumbai Bullet Train Project by 2022
Lillian Steele | 14 September, 2017, 01:28

Prime Minister Modi was equally warm when Prime Minister Abe visited India in 2015.

The two leaders are expected to confirm their cooperation on issues such as dealing with North Korea, which continues to pursue its nuclear and missile programs. Prime Minister Modi had visited Japan in November a year ago.

Senior government officials said Japan is increasingly becoming importance for Gujarat and India as a strategic economic partner as Japan has led FDI growth in Gujarat in recent years.

On September 14, Abe and Modi will attend the ground breaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the Bullet Train project.

The city of Ahmedabad has been decked up to welcome Japanese Prime Minister and his wife. The MoU is likely to be exchanged after delegation-level talks between Abe and Modi.

He will be visiting Sabarmati Ashram at 4:30 along with PM Modi, followed by a visit to Visit to Siddi Sayyaid ki Jaali.

The most important ones are that yesterday ie PM Modi and Shinzo Abe are laying the foundation of the bullet train project. The bilateral annual defence dialogue held in Tokyo last week highlighted some of these possibilities including close collaboration in defence production involving also dual-use technologies.

Even as trade hopes remain high for the upcoming visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India, the data of bilateral trade does not reveal the strong bonhomie Abe shares with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Outcomes are under discussions right now and it won't be proper for me to comment at this stage".

Abe's two-day visit to Ahmedabad comes ahead of Modi's 67th birthday on Sunday.

Modi has made the 500-km- (311-mile-) long high-speed rail link between the financial hub of Mumbai and the industrial city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat a centrepiece of his efforts to showcase India's ability to build cutting-edge infrastructure.

A sum of around Rs. 1.10 lakh crore will be spent on the project that is being partially funded by Japan.

Amid increasing Chinese aggressiveness in the region and beyond on territorial and maritime issues, both India and Japan are seeking to send out a clear message to Beijing of their intent to stand by each other. "It is going to be major focus area, since it ties into India's Act East policy", a source said.

The leaders will launch the start of work on the line on Thursday, India's railways ministry said in a statement.

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