Comments on: India, Japan in security pact; a new architecture for Asia? http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/10/25/india-japan-in-security-pact-a-new-architecture-for-asia/ Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: kanwal chopra http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/10/25/india-japan-in-security-pact-a-new-architecture-for-asia/comment-page-1/#comment-4723 Sun, 26 Oct 2008 07:47:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=605#comment-4723 USA is provider of security needs of both Japan as well as Australia. For economic survival, Japan is dependent upon Australian resources and USA markets, indirectly acting as a middle man with its technical prowess. Both Australia and Japan simply cannot be out of American leash. India can provide the needed Naval forces and geographical attributes whereby an effective deterrent could be maintained in order to gaurd shipping lines of trade. So, there are compelling reasons why India was admitted into the nuclear fold, signed pacts with the USA. I bet a similar arrangement would be signed with Australia soon.

What India should do is to bargain infrastructural needs as a trade of with an assurance of provision of naval forces on its part to this four way tie up. There in lies the way forward which would be mutually supportive. At the same time, China will have to be dealt with diplomatically all along. Quite possibly, China will continue to keep friendly with India if only because of its food import needs. There is no other way around it.

Kanwal Chopra

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By: Andrew http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/10/25/india-japan-in-security-pact-a-new-architecture-for-asia/comment-page-1/#comment-4721 Sun, 26 Oct 2008 03:22:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=605#comment-4721 Its in Japan’s interest that they have a solid economic and strategic relationship with India. As they stand to gain together. India and Japan are two of the biggest democracies in Asia. Therefore, its natural that Japan build stronger partnership with India. Clearly a new world security architecture is developing and its up to Japan to recognise it and take early stance to strengthen it. It must recognise India’s peaceful and non-proliferation records. The old cold war dogmas have to be given way to the new realities. No relationship can be strong if its not backed up by a strong economic relationship. Japan invested billions of dollars in China but not much in India. The resultant strong dictators in China are threatening and dictating to Japan. Democracies always co-exist without going to war. Hence Japan should invest heavily in India thereby strengthening Japan’s Asian dominance.

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By: Suresh, CA, USA http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/10/25/india-japan-in-security-pact-a-new-architecture-for-asia/comment-page-1/#comment-4718 Sat, 25 Oct 2008 19:28:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=605#comment-4718 Though Japan makes this big noise about strategic ties with India, its actions doesn’t speak that well. Look at Japan’s trade with India and their slow approach in promoting investments in India compared to China. It’s half hearted approach should change. Japanese mindset should change. It was a great disaster and painful that Japan had to be a only Nuclar victim for historical reasons, they can not keep living in the same old world now. The have to come out and be a part of the current world order by supporting India’s civil nuclear initiative. World understands that it is a very sensitive issue for Japanese but they can not keep harping on the same for ever. They should also respect India’s responsible attitue towards Niclear proliferation.

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By: ravi kumar http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/10/25/india-japan-in-security-pact-a-new-architecture-for-asia/comment-page-1/#comment-4717 Sat, 25 Oct 2008 18:30:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=605#comment-4717 While parsing the Japanese media and official pronouncements, it would be good to bear in mind the concepts of Tatemae and Honne … that is, the distinction between facade and true feelings. While Japanese officials, diplomats and media may constantly call for India to disarm, that is their Tatemae; a continuation of policy so as not to relinquish the heavy stick of morality, which Japan uses wisely to protect and keep alive its stance against nuclear proliferation, as it is the only actual victim of nuclear attack to date. Its Honne position, the policy it actually would rather follow would be to go nuclear itself, to counter what it believes to be very real threats from China and North Korea. But it does not do so because it would inconvenience many cherished Tatemaes … viz. the Self-Defence force and the pacific image of Japan internationally post WWII. But Japan knows, that the inherent tension between the Tatemaes and the Honnes, will cause it to replace old Tatemaes with new Tatemaes … hence a few Honnes or realistic policy changes will have to be made. And vis a vis China it is doing so, by entering into a new security arrangement with India. It is calling it a co-operation … another Tatemae, when in actuality it is a tacit approval of India’s nuclear and geo-strategic positions. It is also a bait to switch India’s ambivalence to concrete participation in the Arc of Democracies. Like everything, the Japanese like to play diplomacy too … gradually, while savoring each moment with a sip of sake. It is like a game of Go with China.

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