September 20, 2017
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Modi’s upcoming Japan visit Though the Shinzo Abe government was little saddened over Modi’s postponement of Tokyo visit to late August, which was earlier scheduled for the first week of July, Japan would still be his first major bilateral visit, which would be preceded by his first multilateral engagement in Brazil, where he is scheduled to meet the Chinese President Xi Jin Ping in mid July. In fact Modi will have to make a fine balance between the two warring economic giants of the Pacific region. Modi’s visit to Japan will now be viewed in the context of Modi-Xi meeting in Brazil and the Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari visit to Beijing which resulted in Industrial Park MoU with China which will have a far reaching impact on bilateral economic relations. However, the release of fresh national territorial map by the Chinese government while Ansari was in Beijing depicting Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Jammu and Kashmir as areas belonging to China, have touched the raw nerves of India. In view of this, Modi’s first bilateral visit to Tokyo will convey a message to the Chinese and to the world community that Modi’s first love is Japan, though Modi will make every move to deepen economic engagement with China, which was evident during the Vice President Hamid Ansari visit to Beijing, who went there to attend the 60th anniversary of the Panchsheel. Ansari was accompanied by the MOS of Commerce and Industry who signed a
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