India aims nuke deal with Japan
JAPAN: India is ready to seal a civilian nuclear deal and boost trade
ties with Japan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, as New Delhi looks
to prove its friendship with Tokyo. “I am confident that we will be able
to conclude an agreement (on a civilian nuclear deal), which will be a
win-win proposition for both of us,” Singh told a group of Japanese
media, before heading to Tokyo to meet with his Japanese counterpart
Naoto Kan on a three-day trip.
His visit comes as Tokyo struggles to repair ties with Beijing, hit
by the worst diplomatic row in years over a disputed island chain in the
East China Sea.
Singh said India would like Tokyo to be its partner in nuclear
energy, noting that Japan has “one of the highest and most advanced
Japan and India launched talks in June on signing an atomic civilian
cooperation agreement that will allow Tokyo to export nuclear power
generation technology and related equipment to energy-hungry India.
But Japan, which was hit by World War II US atomic bombings, has
warned India that conducting any new nuclear tests would force a halt to
any civilian nuclear cooperation with the South Asian giant, as India
has developed nuclear arms without signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
“With regards to tests, we have unilaterally declared a moratorium on
explosive testing, and we have no intention” of revising that
commitment, Singh said in an interview broadcast by NHK.
Singh and Kan were Monday expected to declare the completion of talks
on an economic partnership agreement (EPA), which Singh said would open
up the fast-growing Indian market to Japanese firms. “I attach great
importance to the potential of the economic cooperation,” Singh said.
The EPA “will boost our trade and economic ties many-fold.”
Japan’s high technology and India’s “fast-extending market,” if
combined, can bring about “mutually beneficial growth opportunities” for
both countries, Singh said, as quoted by Jiji Press.