August 22, 2007


Japan's PM Calls for Closer Strategic, Economic Alignment with India: Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has been accorded the rare honor of addressing India's parliament. VOA's Steve Herman in New Delhi reports the Japanese leader told Indian lawmakers they need to consider a closer security alignment between the two Asian democracies. (Steve Herman, 22 August 2007, VOA News)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called for India to join a Japan-inspired "arc of freedom and prosperity" across Asia and the Pacific. The idea, a clear example of Japan's more muscular diplomacy, was greeted largely with silence.

"The strategic and global partnership of Japan and India is pivotal for such pursuits to be successful," he said. "By Japan and India coming together in this way this broader Asia will evolve into an immense network spanning the entirety of the Pacific Ocean, incorporating the United States of America and Australia."

Speaking to a joint session of India's parliament, Mr. Abe said the four nations working together could protect maritime shipping lanes, vital to the world economy.

Mr. Abe is also hoping to expand economic ties between the two Asian democracies, something pledged by both countries at a summit in Tokyo last December.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 22, 2007 10:14 AM
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