India and Japan Hold 10th Round of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Talks in Tokyo

India and Japan held high-level consultations on disarmament, non-proliferation, and export control, reaffirming their commitment to global stability and security amid China's assertive behavior.

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India and Japan Hold 10th Round of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Talks in Tokyo

Top officials from India and Japan held the 10th Round of India-Japan Consultations on Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Export Control in Tokyo.

The Indian delegation was led by Muanpuii Saiawi, Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) at the Ministry of External Affairs, while the Japanese delegation was led by Katsuro Kitagawa, Director General for Disarmament, Non-proliferation and Science Department.

During the consultations, the two sides shared perspectives on advancements in the areas of disarmament and non-proliferation relating to nuclear, chemical, and biological domains, outer space security, non-proliferation issues, conventional weapons, and export control. The discussions highlighted the shared commitment of India and Japan to address global challenges in these areas and reaffirmed their dedication to upholding international norms and fostering stability and security in the region.

Why this matters: The India-Japan security partnership has steadily developed over the last two decades, with both countries facing increasingly assertive behavior from China, leading to deeper cooperation between Tokyo and Delhi. The consultations reflect the ongoing dialogue between the two countries aimed at promoting peace and stability on the global stage.

In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed a civil nuclear agreement, which allows Japan to supply fuel, equipment, and technology to India for peaceful nuclear energy purposes.

The agreement was the first of its kind that Japan had signed with a country not a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). India has maintained its stance that the NPT is discriminatory and has legitimate concerns about its long-term nuclear-armed rival, Pakistan.

The collaborative efforts between India and Japan reflect their ongoing commitment to addressing global challenges related to disarmament and non-proliferation. The two countries also discussed export controls, efforts against conventional weapons, and other regional issues, agreeing to deepen cooperation in multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations.

"The two sides shared perspectives on advancements in the areas of disarmament and non-proliferation relating to nuclear, chemical and biological domains, outer space security, non-proliferation issues, conventional weapons and export control," stated a press release from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Key Takeaways

  • India-Japan held 10th round of consultations on disarmament, non-proliferation.
  • Discussions covered nuclear, chemical, biological domains, space security, export control.
  • Partnership reflects shared commitment to address global challenges, uphold norms.
  • 2016 civil nuclear deal allowed Japan to supply India for peaceful energy.
  • Agreed to deepen cooperation in multilateral frameworks like the UN.