Japan helps to ready India's first bullet train, edging out China

Modi and Abe will lay the stone in Gujarat city on September 14. AP  PTI file

Prime Minister Modi had visited Japan in November past year while Abe visited India in December 2015.

Thereafter, Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe would hold the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit, at Mahatma Mandir in the state capital Gandhinagar. Read Also: Ashram's all spruced up On September 14, Abe will attend the ground breaking ceremony of the Mumbai-Ahemdabad high-speed railway, a flagship programme of the India-Japan collaboration, marking the commencement of the project, also known as bullet train project. "Japan is a leader in technology and enjoys considerable trust in India and is collaborating in many spheres", Group Captain (Retd.) Ajey Lele, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, and head of its Centre for Strategic Technologies told Sputnik. Indeed, the Maruti-Suzuki manufactured vehicles in India are exported to 125 countries, a genuine success story for the company, Suzuki, which was once on the verge of bankruptcy because of stiff competition from much larger rivals in Japan like Toyota, Honda and Nissan. High-speed railway is a railway system wherein the running speed of trains is 250 km per hour or above. Verma was responding to media queries at a briefing on Abe's visit.

India and Japan are also trying to move forward on a plan for New Delhi to buy a Japanese amphibious aircraft - ShinMaywa Industries' US-2 - in what would be one of Tokyo's first arms transfers since ending a self-imposed embargo.

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Mr. Modi has made the 311-mile-long high-speed rail link between the financial hub of Mumbai and the industrial city of Ahmedabad in western Gujarat a centerpiece of his efforts to showcase India's ability to build cutting-edge infrastructure.

This would be a historic moment as India will gets it first bullet train.

"This loan is to be repaid to Japan in 50 years".

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When respondents were asked about the reason for supporting Abe, many cited Abe's proactive approach to North Korea's nuclear test, including phone calls and consultations with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Last November, a joint statement was issued after the India-Japan dialogue where the two premiers expressed their strong commitment to work together to enhance connectivity, besides welcoming the progress of the projects to improve road connectivity in northeastern India. India will be the fourth country after the United Nations, Russia and China to send a private spacecraft to the moon.

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