India-Japan agrees to sign defence logistics sharing

India-Japan agrees to sign defence logistics sharing

India and Japan will negotiate a logistics sharing agreement along the lines of the LEMOA signed between India and US, which will allow the two navies to work together with greater interoperability. It is yet another sign of the growing convergence between the two Asian powers. The two nations will seek to counter China’s growing influence in South Asia through an agreement known as an ACSA.

The envisaged acquisition and cross-servicing agreement (ACSA) would allow the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and India’s military to provide each other with  mutual supplies of food, ammunition and other goods.

Minister Itsunori Onodera and his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman agreed Monday to start talks on a bilateral acquisition and cross-servicing agreement.

The two countries also agreed that Japan’s Air Self-Defence Force will participate as an observer in joint training by the air forces of the United States and India, and that both Tokyo and New Delhi would ensure U.N. sanctions against North Korea are fully implemented to compel its complete de-nuclearisation.

Japan is striving to bolster cooperation with Asian and African countries based on its “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy,” a policy promoted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and endorsed by the United States. Tokyo and Washington are keen to counter China’s growing influence in the region, in part through its “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure initiative to connect countries along the ancient Silk Road.

 

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