Japan-India relations have traditionally been strong since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1952, particularly so since the beginning of India's "Look East" policy in the 1990s. Strong bilateral trade and aid relations have expanded toward security-based relations alongside the declaration of the Japan-India Global and Strategic Partnership in 2006. In 2013, the Emperor and Empress of Japan visited India, followed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2014, signaling Japan's intentions to further strengthen the relationship. India's newly-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Tokyo in August.
Both India and Japan are looking to increase their presence in the Asia-Pacific, alongside the United States. Concerns regarding China's intentions in the region have led to strengthened trilateral cooperation, but none of these countries wish to threaten China with the developing partnership. Rather, policy and security coordination between these three countries can benefit the entire Asia-Pacific region.
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