Amidst the rise of corona cases in the world, India and Japan have also decided to postpone their foreign and defence ministerial talks scheduled for this weekend in Tokyo.
Japan PM YoshihideSuga decided to cancel India trip which had been scheduled during the period through early May. Suga has also cancelled his visit to the Philippines, aimed at marking the 65th anniversary of the normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The meeting was intended to reaffirm Japan's cooperation with the countries in achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific, as they look to counter China's military build-up and growing assertiveness in the region.
In India, Suga was expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time in person and discuss the promotion of cooperation on economic and security issues, ranging from infrastructure building to outer space and cyber security.
The meeting aims to solidify a security framework consisting of Japan, India, Australia and the United States -- collectively known as
the Quad – to counter China's growing influence in the region.
Meanwhile, Indian data showed on Wednesday there had been 295,041 infection, which is highest spike since the pandemic has started.