Indian Prime MInister Narandra Modi greeted his Japannese counterpart Shinzo Abe with a bear hug upon his arrival in Ahmedabad, India. Photo: Indian Ministry of External Affairs Twitter account

As Japanese Prime Minister spends two days with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi this week, the two are expected to review collaboration in areas ranging from infrastructure to defense.

Times of India reports that Tokyo and New Delhi are expected to enhance cooperation on development of infrastructure in India’s northeast as well as discuss possible collaboration in third countries as part of the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor.

Defense deals may be in the works, with some speculation on progress in a deal for Tokyo to sell Us 2i surveillance aircraft to New Dehli.

“Both India and Japan place importance on the universal values and strategic interests that we commonly share. Both countries are major Asian democracies and global powers. …and I’m determined that Japan and India will lead the way towards peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region and the world,” Prime Minister Abe said in a statement released to the media even before his arrival in India.

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