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Modi plans 3rd Japan trip as Indo-Pacific cooperation deepens

This month's summit would be Indian leader's 12th with Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, poses with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during a visit to India in September last year.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan later this month, likely to discuss security and economic cooperation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Oct. 28-29 trip was announced on Friday by the Japanese Foreign Ministry. It would mark Modi's third visit to Japan as prime minister, with his last visit here in November 2016. Japanese and Indian heads of government have conducted regular mutual visits since 2005. Modi's upcoming visit will mark his 12th summit with Abe, who visited India in September of last year.

The meeting with Abe is expected to take place on the second day of Modi's visit, followed by a dinner. The two are expected to discuss closer coordination toward regional stability based on Abe's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, as well as concrete steps to boost security and economic cooperation.

The two are expected to affirm their intent to pursue an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement to share provisions and services between the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Indian military, and discuss collaboration on infrastructure development in countries such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The Japanese side is slated to offer additional yen-denominated loans to help India adopt shinkansen-style high-speed rail.

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