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Japan's PM Abe arrives in India for annual dialogue

Highlight of visit is the launch of $17bn bullet train project in Modi's home state

NEW DELHI -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in India on Wednesday for a 2-day visit during which he will lay the foundation stone for this country's first bullet train project based on Japanese technology. He is also expected to discuss ways to boost defense cooperation amid China's increasing assertiveness in the region.

Abe, accompanied by wife Akie, landed in Ahmedabad -- a city in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat in India's west -- in the afternoon to a grand welcome, with Modi receiving his counterpart with a hug.

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