Ja­pan PM seeks se­cu­rity ties with In­dia, Aus­tralia

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - BOOKS - — Agen­cies

Tokyo: Ja­pan’s new Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe has sought to ex­pand the Ja­pan- US se­cu­rity part­ner­ship to In­dia and Aus­tralia as it faces a bit­ter ter­ri­to­rial row with China.

“The Ja­pan- US al­liance is the cor­ner­stone,” Abe, sworn in as prime min­is­ter on Wed­nes­day, said in an in­ter­view with the mass- cir­cu­la­tion Yomi­uri Shim­bun pub­lished on Satur­day.

“It’s good to ex­pand it to se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion among Ja­pan, the United States and In­dia. ( Co­op­er­a­tion) among Ja­pan, the United States and Aus­tralia will also con­trib­ute to sta­bil­ity in the re­gion,” Abe said.

“It is im­por­tant to re­gain the re­gion’s power bal­ance,” he added with­out elab­o­rat­ing. Abe won con­ser­va­tive sup­port in na­tional polls ear­lier this month with forth­right pro­nounce­ments on the Senkaku is­lands in the East China Sea, vow­ing not to budge on Ja­pan’s claim to them.

China also lays claim to the is­land chain, which it calls the Diaoyu.

Mean­while, the clean- up at Fukushima af­ter its tsunamis­parked nu­clear melt­downs is un­like any­thing hu­man­ity has ever un­der­taken, Abe said on Satur­day dur­ing a tour of the plant. “The mas­sive work to­ward de­com­mis­sion­ing is an un­prece­dented chal­lenge in hu­man his­tory,” the newly- elected Shinzo Abe said. “Success in the de­com­mis­sion­ing will lead to the re­con­struc­tion of Fukushima and Ja­pan.” Ja­pan’s new prime min­is­ter Shinzo Abe

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