New Delhi, October 7
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held the 13th India-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The ministers highlighted the need for robust and resilient digital and cyber systems and welcomed the finalisation of the text of the cybersecurity pact which will effectively shut the door on Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE to sell their advanced telecom equipment in India.
The agreement promotes cooperation in capacity building, research and development, security and resilience in the areas of critical information infrastructure, 5G, internet of things, artificial intelligence (AI), among others, stated a Ministry of External Affairs news release.
Reaffirming the similarities in their respective Indo-Pacific visions, the Japanese side agreed to be the lead partner in the connectivity pillar of the Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative. The duo also discussed convergence in several areas, including maritime security, trade and investment, manufacturing, skill development, health and wellness and UN reforms.
They emphasised that a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region must be premised on diversified and resilient supply chains; and in this context, welcomed the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative between India, Japan, Australia and other like-minded countries. — TNS