And we know it`s annoying, because unlike other formal military logistical arrangements involving India, the text of the agreement with Japan via the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is publicly available. In a statement to the press, India`s Foreign Ministry noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart, abe Shinzo, are leaving. agreed that the agreement will further enhance the depth of defence cooperation between the two countries and contribute to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region. Interestingly, the Japanese Foreign Ministry spoke of the agreement`s ability to allow the Japanese and Indian militaries to contribute to “international peace and security,” without mentioning any theater in particular. Agreements such as the one India has just signed with Japan systematize the procedure for the reciprocal delivery of goods and services relevant to the operations of the two militaries, within predefined accounting parameters. This differs from such an exchange, which takes place on an ad hoc basis, as has been the case in the past. Simply put, these agreements, while important, are far from being a “military pact” (with all its connotations), as the Nikkei Asian Review described it, except perhaps in a very literal sense. The fact that India and Japan signed this agreement – which has been under negotiation for some time – in the midst of the India-China crisis in eastern Ladakh, has given exciting context to a bland agreement. The publicly available acquisition and cross-service agreement demystifies military logistics contracts for many in India. Amid rising tensions between India and China along the Line of Effective Control, which is likely to intensify, the Indian Navy will have access to the Japanese base in Djibouti with CASA with Japan and the Japanese will have access to the Andamans and Nicotics. As reported by Financial Express Online, AcSA (AcSA) will have access to the provision of supplies and services during bilateral exercises and training, UN peacekeeping operations and other humanitarian activities.
Such an agreement is also known as the Mutual Logistics Services Pact – which India already has with some countries, including the United States, France and Australia. And a similar deal will be discussed with Russia and discussed when heads of state and government meet next month in New Delhi for the annual summit. The agreement was signed by Defense Minister Ajay Kumar and Japanese Ambassador Suzuki Satoshi. According to the Defense Ministry statement, “the agreement signed on Wednesday concerns the mutual provision of supplies and services between the Indian Forces and the Japan Self-Defense Forces.” Before the annual Indo-Japan summit, an agreement was reached in New Delhi on the reciprocal supply of supplies and services between the armed forces of the two countries. . . .