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Japan PM Abe lands in India to push closer ties

Published on Jan 25, 2014 8:35 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in New Delhi on Saturday to push for closer commercial and strategic ties with India, as Tokyo seeks to offset Beijing's growing regional might.

Since coming to power in 2012 Mr Abe has trotted the globe, partly in his self-appointed role as salesman for Japan Inc., but also to seek counterweights to superpower China.

Mr Abe, received at the airport by Indian government officials, told The Times of India daily in an interview published on Saturday that he wants to "develop vigorously" economic and security cooperation with India.

Mr Abe's trip comes as Japan and China are locked in a bitter territorial row over islands in the East China Sea that Asia's two largest economies both claim.

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