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India's Modi arrives in Japan to boost defence, energy and trade ties

Published on Aug 30, 2014 8:50 PM
India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front, right) is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the State Guest House in Kyoto, western Japan on Aug 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into Japan Saturday on a five-day official visit as their governments seek to boost security ties and counter a increasingly assertive China.

Modi arrived at Kansai International Airport near Osaka, western Japan, by special plane for a night in the nearby ancient city of Kyoto where he was to have an unofficial dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a foreign ministry official said.

The Indian leader will visit historic sites and an academic institution in Kyoto on Sunday before moving to Tokyo for meetings on Monday with Japanese government and business leaders, including a summit with Abe, the official said.

Abe and Modi are expected to affirm cooperation in ensuring a "peaceful and stable maritime order," a Japanese official told Kyodo news agency.

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