Japan seeks to upgrade security talks with India amid China muscle-flexing

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India's Prime minister, Narendra Modi was present at the Ahmedabad airport to personally receive Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe.

During his stay in Gujarat, Mr Abe is scheduled to attend a ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of a new high-speed railway employing Japanese bullet train technology.

At the summit meeting today, Japan is also expected to affirm close cooperation with India, to address the threat from North Korea, which conducted a sixth nuclear test recently and has continued to launch ballistic missiles, officials said. The Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visits India to boost ties between India and Japan.

Tewari also criticised the government over the handling of the Rohingyas issue and said the criticism India had been subjected to by the United Nations Human Rights Council was "absolutely unprecedented".

Shinzo Abe's quick visits to India show how these two Asian leaders have cemented their relationship over time.

To welcome the Japanese PM, two years after Modi hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ahmedabad, a rare 8-Km long road-show had been planned.

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Further giving the details of the schedule for the Japanese PM's two-day visit, Pravin Patel said that on 14 Sep Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counter part will be attending the ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the Bullet Train project. "I am sure that the bullet train will transform the transportation sector of India in future".

The high-speed rail network would be having a capacity of 750 passengers and will cut down the journey time between the two cities Ahmedabad-Mumbai from eight to three and half hours. During that visit, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe flew down to Kyoto to offer a warm welcome to our prime minister.

Mr Modi, who was Chief Minister of Gujarat for 12 years before taking power at the centre, visited the mosque today for the first time, at a time India is facing global criticism over alleged intolerance and amid accusations by the ruling BJP's critics of divisive politics.

Modi took the visiting dignitaries on a tour of the Sabarmati Ashram, where the trio posed for pictures.

The two countries are also expected to sign multiple economic deals and launch projects, including Suzuki vehicle manufacturing plant at Hansalpur.

Mr Jaishankar also spoke about the Asia-Africa Pacific Growth Corridor project under which India and Japan propose to develop quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region.