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India and Japan sign military supply pact as China flexes muscle

Logistics agreement aimed at strengthening security in boost for 'Quad'

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting in Osaka, Japan, in June 2019.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI/TOKYO -- India and Japan have signed a pact for the reciprocal provision of supplies and services between their armed forces, a move that comes as China grows increasingly assertive in the Indo-Pacific region.

The countries announced the deal, inked on Wednesday, after a phone call on Thursday between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe.

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