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Japan, India to ink controversial nuclear deal this week: reports

Updated Nov 06, 2016 12:20pm


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Japan and India are set to sign a controversial civil nuclear deal this week, reports said Sunday, as the two Asian allies look to boost economic and security ties to counter an assertive China.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are set to sign a deal Friday that would allow Japan to export nuclear technology to the subcontinent, the Yomiuri Shimbun paper reported.

India would become the first non-signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to agree such a nuclear deal with Japan ─ which was the victim of US atomic bombings in the final days of World War II.

The two countries are also set to agree that if India conducts a nuclear test, Japan will stop cooperation, the Yomiuri reported.

The expected deal comes against a backdrop of growing security concerns in the region over China's military presence.

Beijing is expanding its deep-water naval presence and asserts sovereignty over disputed areas of the East and South China Sea and Indian Ocean region, parts of which Japan also claims.

India has a longstanding territorial dispute with China, and troops from the two countries engaged in a major stand-off at the border in 2014.

Tokyo has its own spat with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea, and is increasingly vocal about its rival's ambitions to control almost the whole of the South China Sea.

Japan has in the past shunned civil nuclear cooperation with India, citing concerns over the international Non-Proliferation Treaty, but appears to have softened its stance.

The business daily Nikkei confirmed the expected nuclear deal, adding that a batch of business-linked deals are also set to be signed.

Modi visited Japan in August 2014 on his first bilateral trip outside South Asia, months after coming to power.

Subsequently Abe paid a two-day visit to India last December.

Modi will arrive in Japan Thursday for a three-day visit, after the two men in September held talks on the sidelines of a Southeast Asia meeting in Laos.


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ishfaq Bughio Nov 06, 2016 12:50pm

Japan, a nuclear suffered nation should not encourage a country which is even not a signatory of CTBT or NPT treaties. This is against international law and shall make another precedent for other countries to move black market to meet their demand.

GREAT Nov 06, 2016 01:19pm

Good going by both countries as both are friends.

Raid Nov 06, 2016 01:48pm

Well done Modhiji

point of view Nov 06, 2016 02:22pm

China has to face India-Australia-US-Japan nexus in the future if policy of hegemony in Asian region continued. Similar to Pakistan, China has also Pakistan only a friend.

Jamal Khawer Nov 06, 2016 04:25pm

It was Pakistan that supported Japan in its early days. Now Japan policies 100% anti Pakistan. They have become arrogant with a stiff upper lip.

Feroz Nov 06, 2016 05:46pm

We have to understand that strong countries will oppose China solely for its hegemony. China claims entire seas to be theirs and has border disputes with multiple countries in Asia. India/Australia/Japan are now allies and will ensure that China will not be able to subdue weaker nations. Nuclear deal is a strong message that further cooperation is inevitable.

nafees Nov 06, 2016 06:36pm

That does not look right to me as a Pakistani.How can we be sure it is for peaceful purposes ? Can't we object to it ?

AM Nov 06, 2016 06:46pm

Japan is a technologically advanced nation and India needs to boost her science and technology for better tomorrow. Good job done.

nikus Nov 06, 2016 07:09pm

Modi is doing nice. Foxcon has agreed to estabIish manufacturing pIant in Pune if Modi gives some of the forex to Foxcon and the deaI isIikeIy to be signed very soon............

Observer Nov 06, 2016 08:10pm

@Jamal Khawar: It was Pakistan that supported Japan in its early days. Now Japan policies 100% anti Pakistan. ---Japan is an ancient country. How can Pakistan, a country born in 1947, can claim to support it in its early days?

ARSHAD JAVED Nov 06, 2016 09:43pm

We stood with JAPAN in her bad days.Now JAPAN is standing with INDIA on the instruction of USA. JAPAN the only nuclear suffered nation should not cooperate with INDIA which do not abide by UNO resolutions.Probably JAPAN is yet not realizing the dangerous path SHE going to follow by cooperating with INDIA.In 3rd WORLD WAR JAPAN will be INDIAN ally.RESULT will not be different.

Rizwan Nov 06, 2016 10:46pm

@Feroz It is interesting how we gladly accept the hegemony of China but are against any chance of India achieving hegemony in the region. In my view this will draw major powers in the region in nexus with India. We will be left in a position of disadvantage. China watches for it's own "self-interest" and may not be there for us when we expect them to support us. This has happened before and will happen again.

Sid Nov 06, 2016 11:22pm

@Jamal Khawer .... So what went wrong ?

Treehuggar Nov 06, 2016 11:44pm

@Feroz Same can be said about India, it is also claiming land and sea that does not belong to it. i.e. Kashmir and Sir creek...

nafees Nov 07, 2016 12:00am

Indians can use this technology for making POWERFUL nuclear weapons. Pakistan and China must do something about it.

Sk Nov 07, 2016 12:04am

@Jamal Khawer ---Nice joke

Sudhakar USA Nov 07, 2016 01:38am

@nafees : It is for peaceful purposes only. You can try objecting to it.

Sudhakar USA Nov 07, 2016 03:01am

This is a big diplomatic and economic victory for India and Mr. Modi. One more step in the eventual and inevitable growth of India.

Chen Nov 07, 2016 03:54am

@nafees Yes you can object to it.

AHA Nov 07, 2016 04:04am

Do India need NSG really?

Amir Malik Nov 07, 2016 04:10am

India is progressing like anything , I wish I was an Indian

Ali Abbas Nov 07, 2016 04:41am

Land disputes are just an excuse. Our world has two blocks, American and Russia/China. You are either here or there. The rest are all lame excuses to justify the negative foreign policies..

Zamir Kiani usa Nov 07, 2016 04:47am

Richard Verma is not serving us intrests but indiàn intrest to spread nuke and make India a nuke terror state.

Recall Verma back now

Karachi Wala Nov 07, 2016 05:36am

Business speaks louder than human lives

Tanvi hole Nov 07, 2016 06:07am

Japan is far more advanced and superior to china !

zok 2 Rista & AIL DAAN - Aazadi Nov 08, 2016 10:59am

@Zamir Kiani usa : If you are in US, worry about US interests only.