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India and Japan should seize chance to form close alliance

Decreasing reliance on China and defending ASEAN will benefit both

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Shinzo Abe, left, and Narendra Modi talk at Hyderabad House in New Delhi in December 2015: India and Japan should promote the Indo-Pacific narrative rather than let China take control.   © Reuters

Dr. Jagannath Panda is a Research Fellow and Centre Coordinator for East Asia at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

Even though the International Monetary Fund predicted that India's economy would grow this year, against contractions for the U.S. and Japan, it is still sustaining a massive shock. India will require a recovery plan to reopen and revive its economy after its lockdown, and should use the situation for greater collaboration with major economies, especially Japan.

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