A historic ‘Civil Nuclear Deal’ with Japan was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, which was in limbo from the last one decade. Apart from the advanced technology and material assistance, India has a lot to gain from this landmark agreement.
With the unfolding of the events, it is quite clear that India-Japan needs to guide a strategic rebalance towards the Chinese muscle flexing in Asia. But a relationship cannot be based upon common hatred alone. Convergence of genuine interests, mutual respect for sovereignty and inter-dependence on strategic matters are the keys to build a strong and multifaceted alliance.
With many ambiguous clauses present in the document, it would be prudent for both the parties to clear such ambiguities on the negotiation table. Otherwise, a fruitful deal would go back into the limbo even after a celebrated agreement.
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