Japanese investment plans in NE may come up in Modi-Abe talks

Casey Dawson
September 14, 2017

After Chinese premier Xi Jinping's visit in 2015, this will be the second visit of a head of state to Ahmedabad after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister. The India-Japan summit is going to start from Wednesday at with Modi in Gandhinagar, the capital of the Prime Minister's home state Gujarat. Abe has come to India with his wife Akie.

Abe and his wife Akie, along with PM Modi, will carry out an 8 km roadshow from the Ahmedabad airport to the Sabarmati Ashram on Wednesday.

Bullet train critics say the funds would be far better spent to modernise India's slow and rickety state-controlled rail system, the world's fourth largest.

Known for its iconic traditional Gujarati Thalis, Agashiye (meaning "on the terrace" in Gujarati) is a roof-top restaurant located opposite Sidi Saiyyed Mosque.

Abe and Modi are also expected to exchange views on North Korea, which carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 despite repeated warnings from the worldwide community, according to Japanese government officials. The ashram was established by Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the River Sabarmati.

Japanese investment plans in NE may come up in Modi-Abe talks

Both leaders are expected to review the recent progress in multifaceted co-operation between India and Japan under the framework of their "Special Strategic and Global Partnership" and will set its future direction.

The work on the country's first High Speed Rail (Bullet train) project will begin on September 14 in Ahmedabad. During that visit, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe flew down to Kyoto to offer a warm welcome to our prime minister. Japan is an important strategic and military partner for India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying stone to the prestigious project along with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. And while India eyes to expand Japanese aids in areas such as environment protection, sewage building, forest protection, Japan had also shown its interest to expand the development cooperation to the north eastern parts of India. Abe who is on a two-day visit to India was welcomed by the Prime Minister himself at the airport.

A powerpoint presentation at Goyal's briefing showed that in 15 countries hat have passenger railway systems these high-speed trains are operational.

On Thursday, Abe is scheduled to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new high-speed railway connecting the western Indian cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad, using Japanese bullet train technology.

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