India to host dialogue with Japan and USA to countervail China?

India and Japan commit to Indo-Pacific strategy

India and Japan commit to Indo-Pacific strategy

Though the White House made no mention of whether the two leaders plan to hit the golf course together when they meet this month, the two have made it somewhat of a tradition to golf together during their two previous meetings.

The Trump-Abe summit is set to take place on April 17-18 and will be the third such meeting between the two leaders.

The meeting "will reaffirm the United States-Japan alliance as a cornerstone of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region", the White House said. The Trump administration popularised the term Indo-Pacific instead of Asia-Pacific to corner China in its own backyard.

As for the possibility of summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kono expressed caution over acting hastily to Pyongyang's recent charm offensive. Before that, Kim is scheduled to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae In on April 27.

He said the trade deficit between the countries must be corrected, and Japan has not been exempted from Trump's list of countries whose steel and aluminum imports will be subject to tariffs.

A lot of engagements are underway ever since the news of the probable Trump-Kim meeting broke.

The US state department Monday said that Alice Wells, the US diplomat for South Asia, and Susan Thornton, the state department official in-charge of the East Asia and Pacific affairs, will lead the delegation traveling to India.

"Foreign Minister Kono and I had very productive discussions on how India and Japan are today working closely to build robust ties in High Speed Rail, Information and Communications Technology, Innovation, Space Science, Healthcare and Food Processing, to name just a few", Ms Swaraj said.

Japanese officials said the two ministers at a subsequent working dinner agreed to further advance bilateral cooperation on maritime security.

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