28 July, 2021

Infobahn To Tokyo

Tokyo still wants India to sign the CTBT, but is willing to extend aid and explore partnerships in IT

Infobahn To Tokyo

INDIA and Japan have finally agreed to disagree. Tokyo was one of the harshest critics of Pokhran II, and imposed stringent sanctions. But last week on his visit to India, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori made it clear that while it may not be business as usual until New Delhi signs the CTBT, Tokyo wasn’t averse to chipping away at sanctions to develop a "new partnership for the 21st century". As a start, Mori announced that aid for two major projects - Delhi’s metro rail and the Simhadri thermal power plant - totalling approximately $178 million, would resume. The main thrust of this new partnership, of course, is in the field of information technology. Japan is a world leader in the hardware industry, but sorely lacks software skills, which India possesses in abundance.

South Block, however, has other reasons to be pleased. mea officials point out that during his visit to Pakistan, Mori had urged Gen Musharraf to curb terrorism in the Valley to initiate talks with New Delhi, "thereby implying that Pakistan is responsible...

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