Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A high-speed train, advanced technology in the defense sector and a memorandum of understanding on nuclear cooperation for civilian purposes. These are the most important points of the agreement reached today by India and Japan, after a meeting between the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and the Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
The two leaders stressed "the revolution" in the Indian railway system, which will lead the country (in the words of Prime Minister Modi) "into the future" funded by Tokyo to the tune of 12 billion dollars.
In recent years there has been a marked strengthening in diplomatic and trade relations between the second and third largest economies of Asia, both committed to containing the dominion - not only economic – of China. Besides the two leaders both share a "nationalist" vision and a personal friendship has grown over time.
For the Indian prime minister Modi the new project of high-speed train that will connect the financial hub Mumbai and Ahmedabad "will become the engine of economic transformation in India."
Delhi and Tokyo have also reached an agreement on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, but some technical details still have to be ironed out ahead of a final agreement. The two countries will also share technology, equipment and military information.
" The memorandum we signed on civil nuclear energy cooperation is more than just an agreement for commerce and clean energy, it is a shining symbol of a new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership in the cause of peaceful and secure world" said Modi. Japanese Prime Minister Abe spoke of bringing "relations to the next level" and "the buds have turned into flowers."
The two leaders also reiterated their intention to work together to reform the United Nations, in particular with regard to the UN Security Council to reflect the reality of the international community in the 21st century better.