Asia's Odd Couple: India and Japan Join Forces

India-Japan ties benefit the United States, even if they take place outside of Washington’s orbit.

Issue: January-February 2016

India and Japan are drawing closer to each other. Senior representatives of both governments have praised each other at high-level visits and have signed a remarkable number of security, trade and investment agreements in a relatively short time. Doubtless, this embrace has its origins in China’s provocative—some might say aggressive—behavior. But, having drawn together for security reasons, the two countries now realize how closer relations will also bring powerful economic and investment advantages.

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