Modi and Abe draw closer as Tokyo woos Beijing

China and Japan waltz closer together signing deals worth $18 billion during Beijing summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting in Beijing on Oct. 26

Abe said that he will work closely and firmly with PM Modi for a free and open Indo-Pacific region. It was Modi's 12th meeting with counterpart Shinzo Abe since he first visited the island nation as Prime Minister in September 2014.

"The two leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment to the total elimination of nuclear weapons and remained resolute in the task of strengthening worldwide cooperation to address the challenges of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism", the vision statement read.

Both Modi and Abe called upon Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, including those of November 2008 in Mumbai and January 2016 in Pathankot.

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Mr Modi said, India had successfully organized FIFA Under- 17 World Cup last year and this year Hockey World Cup 2018 is being organized at Bhubaneswar. In their vision document, India and Japan said that they will continue to make efforts with regard to cooperation on the aircraft. Mr. Modi said that he was convinced that the 21st century could be an Asian century only with a strong India-Japan relationship at its core.

The prime minister leaves for India later today.

The summit, marked by a full day of informal meetings and deep conversations on Sunday, as well as delegation-level talks and industry outreach, saw the vision statement announce a "new era in India-Japan relations", which will enable them to "cooperate for peace, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific. I have been told that today Japan investors have announced that they will invest 2.5 billion USA dollars in India", he said at the joint briefing.

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Mr Modi said, if people are able to see a United India now, it is entirely on account of the sagacity, sensibility, and strategic skills of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The talks in Tokyo on Monday followed separate talks on regional issues between the two men the day before at Abe's vacation home near Mount Fuji, the first time he has invited a foreign leader to his private lodge. Besides, India and Japan also chose to cooperate for the first time in Yoga and Ayurveda to provide holistic healthcare in both countries.

PM Modi also met several Japanese venture capitalists and attended the business leaders forum on Monday.

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The Japanese PM said on Twitter that the opportunity allowed him to talk frankly about India-Japan relations in a relaxed atmosphere. Half of the amount would be allocated to the railway project in western India using Japan's "bullet train" technology, according to the signed documents.

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