ShinMaywa: Japan moots 2+2 dialogue ‘as early as possible’

According to a Japanese spokesperson, Japan is focused on boosting defence and security ties with India and would like the first 2+2 dialogue between the defence and foreign ministers of the two sides to be held “as early as possible”.  Bilateral economic cooperation has been the driving force for the past decade and defence and security cooperation was catching up, said Natsuko Sakata, a spokesperson of Japan’s foreign ministry.  The two sides had agreed on holding a 2+2 dialogue during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan last October and Tokyo would like the inaugural round to be held “as early as possible”.  Japan is also keen on beginning negotiations for the proposed Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), which is aimed at logistics and cross-servicing arrangements between the Indian armed forces and Japan’s Self Defense Force. It was also acknowledged that there had not been any forward movement on plans for the Indian Navy to receive the Japanese ShinMaywa US2i amphibian aircraft to India although this remains to be on the agenda.