`Noda`s India trip, strategy to contain China`

Japanese Premier Yoshihiko Noda`s ongoing India visit aimed at boosting bilateral strategic ties was part of Tokyo`s attempt "contain" China.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 14:44 PM IST

Beijing: Japanese Premier Yoshihiko Noda`s
ongoing India visit aimed at boosting bilateral strategic ties
was part of Tokyo`s attempt to strengthen its alliances with
Asia-Pacific nations to "contain" China, the official media
here claimed today

Boosting ties with India is part of Japan`s strategy of
strengthening alliances with Asia-Pacific nations with an eye
on China, state-run China Daily quoted security analysts as
saying.

The India-Japan summit is a continuance of Japan`s "Arc
of Freedom and Prosperity" strategy, which has been widely
interpreted as an effort to contain China, Lu Yaodong,
director of the department of Japanese diplomacy at the
Institute of Japanese Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences, told the daily.

Citing reports that Noda and Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh are expected to sign a currency swap accord worth up to
USD 10 billion besides discussing nuclear cooperation, the
daily referred to Noda`s comments that he would discuss
political, security, economic and human exchange and Japan`s
readiness to help infrastructure projects in India with Singh.

"Japan and India have comprehensively boosted regional
cooperation in recent years, not only in security but also in
economic ties. And the cooperation has been moving from
bilateral to multilateral, trying to include the United
States, Australia and India in its `Arc of Freedom and
Prosperity`," Lu said.

The "Arc of Freedom and Prosperity" is a pillar of
Japan`s diplomacy initiated in 2007 by former Foreign Affairs
Minister Taro Aso. It has been interpreted as an effort to
make allies to contain the rise of China in the Asia-Pacific
region, he said.

The report also noted that Noda`s visit to India comes
after the first round of trilateral talks in Washington last
week among the US, India and Japan, and an India-Japan
Defence Ministers` meeting in Tokyo in November.
There has been a renaissance in Japan-India relations
since the 1990s, following their non-alignment during the Cold
War, Takenori Horimoto, a professor of contemporary South
Asian politics at Shobi University said.

PTI