Fast track to Delhi-Tokyo ties
INDIA’S first bullet train project, a $19-billion initiative linking Ahmedabad to Mumbai, was launched yesterday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe hailed fast-growing ties between Asia’s two biggest democracies.
The project is seen as emblematic of warming relations between New Delhi and Tokyo, who are seeking to combat China’s growing regional influence.
The high-speed link, which will use Japanese technology to connect the main city of Modi’s home state with India’s financial capital, is scheduled for completion by December 2023. — AFP
EYE ON LONG GAME: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi