For the first time in decades, a Japanese leader will be attending India’s Republic Day parade as Chief Guest. At the invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Japan PM Shinzo Abe will be on an official visit to India from Jan. 25 to 27, 2014.
Prime Minister Abe will also be the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations.
The occasion also marks a meeting of both prime ministers for the Annual Summit between India and Japan. Their discussions will add substance and content to the India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership.
The visiting Prime Minister will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee and join him to witness the Republic Day Parade on 26 January, 2014.
More than the occasion, the visit underscores the importance New Delhi is giving to Tokyo in terms of global cooperation, especially at a time when China is taking an activist path in the South China Sea.
Moreover, both India and Japan are neighbours to giant China, and any strategic alliance between them may mean thwarting China’s aggressive posture in the region and in Asia.