China foes India, Japan sign key defence accord as Modi-Abe hold virtual annual summit

India and Japan, the two key adversaries of China, signed a key defence agreement for reciprocal provision of supplies and services between their defence forces as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held their annual summit over the phone today.

The Acquisition and CrossServicing Agreement (ACSA) between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and India’s armed forces was signed by Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki and defence secretary Ajay Kumar in New Delhi on Wednesday. The agreement comes at a time when India is locked in a tense military stand-off with China at eastern Ladakh and the ongoing row between Japan and China over the disputed Senkaku/ Diaoyu islands.

The agreement establishes the enabling framework for closer cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan in reciprocal provision of supplies and services while engaged in bilateral training activities

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