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Oct 29, 2018 | 20:54 GMT

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India, Japan: Leaders Agree to Further Dialogue on Defense Pact During Summit

What Happened: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met for an annual two-day summit on Oct. 28 in Tokyo, where they agreed to initiate talks between their respective foreign and defense ministers on a key defense pact, according to an Oct. 29 joint statement from the two leaders.

Why It Matters: India and Japan are increasing defense cooperation — including through the Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement — with an eye toward balancing against China's rise in the Indo-Pacific region.

Background: During the summit, Japan offered funding for seven infrastructure projects, including the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor between the Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, which is currently under construction.

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