The strongest bond in Asia - India and Japan
Indo-Japan ties signify the improving trust and better partnership between the two nations to address the challenges. India has signed many strategic deals with Japan under the Act-East Policy. The 14th India-Japan Annual Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on "Special Strategic and Global Partnership," has further strengthened the ties on strategic issues.
Both of them have signed many pacts to bolster security and maintain peace, especially in the Pacific region. It is strategically an important region for both countries. It is an important deal in the geopolitical context. As China is heading with the One Belt One Road initiative this pact acts a hindrance. Another significance of this pact it paves way for maritime trade and secures the sea route especially the Indo-Pacific region. Many military and naval exercises are planned to be taken place in this region to boost the military capabilities of the two nations. It enhances interoperability, India-Japan security cooperation is bilateral and the deal on maritime domain awareness in the Indo-Pacific lays the foundation for future strategic ties. President Trump, Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed that a close partnership between the United States, India and Japan is central to peace and stability in the region. The diplomatic relations between India, the United States and Japan are vital to maintaining stability. The leaders have decided to deepen the strategic partnership between the countries and advance the common objectives.
The US, Japan and India have demanded the Indo-Pacific. They held 2+2 and ministerial-level US-Japan-India discussions, they have discussed the risks and opportunities that this maritime region presents. Japan's approach in the Indo-Pacific is driven by robust infrastructure financing, boosting trade cooperation. Japan has ratified Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.
In 2019, the U.S. State Department published a document titled "Free and Open Indo-Pacific", to be sustained among members of "the Quad Countries", a partnership of four Indo-Pacific democracies led by the United-States, in concert with Australia, India, and Japan. 'Indo-Pacific' has also featured prominently in top-level U.S. strategic documents such as the 2017 National Security Strategy, the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, and the 2018 National Defense Strategy.
Above all, the main motive is to combat terrorist threats, promote stability across the Indo-Pacific region, increase free and fair trade, and strengthen energy linkages.