Missing a Common Synergy: The India-Japan Divide on Ukraine
In April 2022, the successful bilateral of New Delhi and Tokyo witnessed the emergence of a disagreement between the partners. Japan sought permission to land a C-2 transport plane of the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) to pick up humanitarian supplies from Mumbai for Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Romania. India denied this request.
Keeping in mind the sensitivities attached to Japan’s ASDF, India approved only Japan’s use of a commercial plane to collect the provisions. This forced Japan to redraw its plans to omit India. A Japanese government official claimed that although India had agreed to allow the transport plane in an earlier working level interaction between the two states, it thereafter withdrew consent rather suddenly.
The incident has raised several questions about the voracity of the India-Japan partnership, and how far the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine is impacting synergy between the two Asian states. Amidst such developments, how can the India and Japan partnership balance the impact of the Ukraine-Russia conflict?
South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Atmanirbhar Bharat, and the IPEF: Convergence and Commonality
For some time now, the existing multilateral networks such as those of the United Nations (UN) system have been largely ineffective in providing good global governance and helping create resilience, […]
Enlarging Indo-Pacific into the Orbit of Euro-Atlantic: Implications for India
Abstract: Following the release of the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy that called for building bridges between the Indo-Pacific and the Euro-Atlantic, the idea of interlinking the two geopolitical theaters has […]
Seoul’s Changing Indo-Pacific Manifesto and India: Policy Prescriptions for India-ROK Ties
Abstract: China’s stupendous rise and the subsequent rivalry with the US for global hegemony have forced countries to choose sides; caught between a rock and a hard place, middle powers […]
Washington Declaration: Beyond Korea, What it Means for India?
In April 2023, South Korea and the United States released the Washington Declaration to reiterate and upgrade their treaty alliance. In outlining a joint nuclear deterrence strategy, the Declaration reaffirmed […]
Quad Plus EU: A Viable Option for the Times?
Today, the primary Indo-Pacific contest is not just about the China-US hegemony. It also involves a range of so-called “middle powers” – including Australia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, […]
Korea Looks to Europe: Its Growing Military-Strategic Cooperation with NATO
Korea is looking to Europe in the military-strategic dimension. It wants to boost ties with NATO even as strengthening relations with the AP4 (four Asia-Pacific partners) forms an important aspect […]