Japan PM Kishida announces new Indo-Pacific plan in India
By SHEIKH SAALIQ and MARI YAMAGUCHI
NEW DELHI (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to the Group of Seven summit and announced a new action plan for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Kishida met Modi in New Delhi during his two-day trip to India. The Indo-Pacific plan is a Tokyo-led initiative aimed at curbing China’s assertiveness and will include Japan’s assistance to emerging economies, support for maritime security, the provision of coast guard patrol boats and other infrastructure cooperation. India says ties with Japan are key to stability in the region. India, Japan, the United States and Australia make up the Indo-Pacific alliance known as the Quad.