India, Japan pledge stronger defence ties
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India and Japan on late Saturday, Jan 25, 2014, affirmed plans to "further strengthen" defence cooperation against the backdrop of an increasingly assertive China.
The agreement was reached at a meeting in New Delhi between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who arrived on a visit earlier in the day.
"A strong India and a strong Japan coming together can do wonders," Mr Abe said after the annual summit meeting.
"The relations between Japan and India have the greatest potential of any bilateral relationship anywhere in the world," he added.