Japan and India sign a military logistics cooperation pact.
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On Thursday, the Indian Defense Ministry announced the signing of a military logistics cooperation pact between India and Japan. This agreement will allow both militaries to access each other’s bases for both services and supplies.
A defense spokesman said ‘The agreement establishes the enabling framework for close cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan in reciprocal provision of supplies and services while engaged in bilateral training activities.’
India has already signed similar agreement with South Korea, Singapore, Australia,France and US, in an attempt to counter China’s expansionist behaviour. The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) that India signed with the US back in 2016, allows India to access American bases in Diego, Garcia, Guam, Djibouti and Subic bay.
The agreement that was signed with France back in 2018, allows India’s Navy to extend its reach in the Indian Ocean due to French bases in the Reunion islands and Djibouti.
China has recently opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti in August 2017. Also, China has access to Pakistan ports of Karachi and Gwadar. They are also attempting to secure a military base in Cambodia and Vanuatu. China has around 6 to 8 warships in the Indian ocean at any time and has been modernizing its naval forces. In the last 6 years,around 80 warships were commissioned by China.