February 26, 2021
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Abe’s India visit and changing balance of power Amidst rising tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, the visit of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe to New Delhi from 25th to 27th January, 2014 was watched with great interest not only in the Chinese strategic circles but also in the entire Asia Pacific region as India holds the key to the new power balance in the area. Strategic analysts are assessing the possibilities of whether Abe’s visit will be a game changer in the chess board of Indo-Pacific region or end in a draw. However much depends on China’s stance towards India and whether the commitments expressed in the joint Singh-Abe communiqué will remain a mere rhetorical statement. If the visit is to turn into a game changer both India and Japan will have to show guts and play while projecting their soft and hard power jointly to deter China from flexing its muscle in the East and South China Sea. Both India and Japan have domestic and national compulsions which will most likely prevent both the countries from raising stake. If the Indo-Japan partnership intends to take on the Chinese economic and military might in the region Japan will have to shed its inward looking defence posture and India will have to confront the Chinese aggressive designs forcefully. If it so happens, powers like USA, Europe and Australia will be so happy to assist. The three countries India, Japan and
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