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Anti-China Bloc in the Making

The Indo-Japanese military alignment is nothing but a part of the United States’ “pivot to Asia” strategy.

We miss our columnist GPD and his column “Of Life, Letters and Politics” in these dark times when Washington, with its “pivot to Asia” strategy – aimed at undermining China in the diplomatic, military and economic realms – and having roped in Japan and Australia as allies, is now girding on Japan to draw in India as the third junior partner in the endeavour.

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was given pride of place as the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations on 26 January, and his three-day visit put Japan “at the heart of India’s Look-East Policy”, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh put it. Abe responded extravagantly by stating that Indo-Japanese relations “have the greatest potential of any bilateral relationship anywhere in the world”! Just last month India and Japan conducted their first joint naval military exercise in the Indian Ocean off the coast of southern India, and more recently, the respective coast guards conducted joint manoeuvres in the Arabian Sea off the west coast of India. And the National Security Council, India’s apex body advising on the country’s strategic security concerns, will meet regularly with the newly-established Security Council of Japan.

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