Why India-Japan strategic cooperation is growing

On September 9, 2020, the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) between Japan’s Self-Defence Forces and India’s armed forces was signed by India’s Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Satoshi Suzuki, Japanese Ambassador to India, in New Delhi.

This agreement is to ensure the reciprocal provision of supplies and services between the defence forces and is expected to drive closer military cooperation and enhance regional security.

On the same day and the next, the Seventh Joint Working Group (JWG) on IT & Electronics / Digital Partnership between the two governments was also held virtually, co-chaired by Rajiv Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, and Hirai Hirohide, DG, METI, Japan.

The JWG reviewed the progress made under the India-Japan Digital Partnership and had sessions on collaboration in electronic manufacturing, data governance, cybersecurity, software, start-ups and emerging technologies.

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