India-Japan Signed Mutual Military Logistics Pact With An Eye On China’s Expansionism

After a mammoth of a military aircraft deal with France, India has cracked another deal with Japan and has signed a Mutual Logistics Support Arrangement (MLSA).

This deal is in support of India’s safeguard policy considering China’s expansionism behaviour in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. 

As per Reports, This deal has been signed by defence secretary Ajay Kumar and Japanese ambassador Suzuki Satoshi, a defence ministry.

This agreement creates the framework which will be providing and enabling framework for closer cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan, interoperability and use of each other’s military facilities by the armed forces of the two countries.

An Official said, “The agreement establishes the enabling framework for closer cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan in reciprocal provision of supplies and services while engaged in bilateral training activities.” 

India has similar deal with France, US, South Korea, Singapore and Australia. US in 2016 gave India refueling facilities and access to American bases in Djibouti, Diego Garcia, Guam and Subic Bay.

France in 2018 extends the Indian Navy’s reach in the South Western IOR because French had base at Reunion Islands near Madagascar and Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. Australia helping us in reaching southern IOR and Western Pacific Region.

This pact seems to be more important amid China’s expanding powers in IOR after its first overseas military base at Djibouti becomes operational in 2017.