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Iran port tie-up marks strategic milestone for India and Japan

Chabahar project should make partners bigger players in Central Asia

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, meet the press in Tokyo on Nov. 11.

The geopolitical jostling over Asian infrastructure development has further intensified, now that India and Japan have teamed up to work on Iran's port of Chabahar amid China's vigorous promotion of its Belt and Road Initiative.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, directed their aides to hammer out a plan for the Chabahar project when they met in Tokyo last month. The push to develop the port on the Gulf of Oman highlights the growing convergence of Indian and Japanese interests when it comes to infrastructure development, regional integration and other strategic factors.

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