THE HEAVENLY LAND AND THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN Historical Linkages, Security Cooperation and Strategic Partnership

Adarsha Verma

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Security relations between India and Japan hold great potential to shape the future security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region. This book delves into this aspect holistically tracing the linkages between the two countries with advent of Buddhism into Japan from India, through China and Korea. Geography and strategic factors shaping the security of Japan have been evaluated and issues of defence cooperation, maritime security, cooperation in UN Peace Keeping Operations and strategic partnership between Indian and Japan have been deliberated. Set in both, a bilateral as well as a regional context, the security dynamics between the two countries have been analysed to arrive at pragmatic recommendations that must be implemented for an enhanced relationship in the security realm. Quantitatively assessing India-Japan security cooperation, the book carries out a Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat (SWOT) analysis to arrive at the strategies for enhancement of such cooperation.

A must read for strategists, defence personnel and all scholars of East Asian affairs.

Adarsha Verma Adarsha Verma has been a Research Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He has a Masters Degree in Weapon Technology, Defence and Strategic Studies and in Management Sciences. The author also has first-hand experience in analysing and handling national security issues. His research interests include security issues of East Asia, Chinese military and the Indian Ocean region. He has published research articles, contributed commentaries in various forums and presented papers in national and international conferences.


List of Tables, Figures and Maps

PART I: Historical Linkages and Geo-Strategic Imperatives
1. Cultural Connections—Foundation for Security Cooperation
2. Linkages with Japan during India’s Independence Struggle and the Second World War
3. Geography and Strategic Factors Shaping Security of Japan

PART II: Security Cooperation
4. Maturing India-Japan Security Cooperation
5. Maritime Security Cooperation
6. Cooperation in UN Peacekeeping Operations

PART III: Strategic Affinity
7. Consolidating the Strategic Partnership in a Regional Context
PART IV: Quantitative Analyses and Recommendations
8. Quantitative Assessment: Criteria for India-Japan Security Cooperation
9. Recommendations
10. The Way Ahead

Appendix A: Chinese Vessels Around Senkaku Islands
Appendix B: SWOT Analysis—India Japan Security Cooperation
Appendix C: Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation between India and Japan October 22, 2008
Appendix D: Action Plan to advance Security Cooperation based on the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation between Japan and India December 29, 2009
Appendix E: Identification of Drivers
Appendix F: Questionnaire
Appendix G: Questionnaire—India-Japan Security Cooperation: Dynamics and Prospects in a Regional Context



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