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Tokyo, May 23 (PTI) India and Japan are “natural partners” and Japanese investment has played an important role in India’s development journey, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, stressing that the global community is witnessing an extraordinary scale and speed of infrastructure and capacity development in the country.
Addressing the Indian community here on the first day of his two-day visit to Tokyo, Modi also said India’s relationship with Japan was one of strength, respect and common resolve for the world.
“India and Japan are natural partners. Japan has played an important role in India’s development journey,” said Modi, who is visiting Tokyo at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida. Modi and Kishida will hold bilateral talks here on Tuesday.
Modi said Japan is an important partner in building infrastructure and manufacturing capacity in India. He cited Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail, Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor, dedicated freight corridors – as examples of India-Japan cooperation.
He said that India’s relationship with Japan is that of Buddha, of knowledge, of meditation.
“The world today must follow the path indicated by Gautam Buddha. This is the only way to save humanity from challenges such as violence, lawlessness, terrorism and climate change,” Modi said. in his speech of more than 35 minutes.
Modi said that over the past two years, the way the global supply chain has been disrupted, the whole supply chain is questionable.
“To avoid such a situation in the future, we are moving forward with the resolution of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. Our resolution of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ is not only for India, it is also a very big investment for stable and sustainable global chain supply,” Modi said.
Noting that India has always found a solution no matter how big the problem, Modi said that during the coronavirus pandemic there was an atmosphere of uncertainty but even in this situation India provided “made in India” vaccines to millions of its citizens and also sent it to over 100 countries.
“We are working to strengthen India’s healthcare infrastructure,” Modi said, adding that wellness centers are being developed to bring healthcare to every corner of the country.
He said India was moving forward to tackle the global challenge of climate change. “We are committed to becoming ‘net zero’ by 2070,” he said.
“India is leading the climate change negotiations. From declaring the goal of becoming Net-Zero by 2070 to launching the International Solar Alliance, India is serious about working on a ‘green future,'” he added.
He said India has set a target to meet 50% of its energy needs from non-fossil capacity by 2030.
“Today the world is witnessing the extraordinary scale and rapidity of India’s infrastructure and capacity development,” the Prime Minister said.
He said the digital revolution in India ensured that the banking system worked effectively and efficiently even during the COVID pandemic. India accounts for 40% of all digital transactions globally, Modi said.
“As we complete 75 years of independence, India is working on the roadmap for the next 25 years,” he said.
“Over the past 8 years, we have made our democracy strong and resilient. It is one of the strongest pillars of progress,” Modi said.
India today has a people-led government in the true sense of the word. This has become a key reason for the strengthening of democracy in India, Modi said.
“We are working to build a system that is not only inclusive, but responsive to leak-proof governance to meet the aspirations of every citizen,” he said.
“Today, India is optimistic about a future driven by technology, science, innovation and talent,” he said.
“Swami Vivekananda once said that every Indian should visit Japan once in their lifetime. Today I will say that every Japanese should visit India once in their lifetime,” Modi said urging everyone to join and advance the campaign of ‘Bharat Chalo, Bharat se Judho’.
Modi thanked the Indian community in Japan for their warm welcome.
“Every time I visit Japan, I witness your affection. Many of you have settled in Japan for years and assimilated Japanese culture. Yet the dedication to Indian culture and language continues to grow. grow,” Modi told the Indian diaspora amid sloganeering conversations. Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
Prime Minister Modi is in Japan for a two-day visit to attend a Quad leaders’ summit at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida. He will also hold separate bilateral meetings with Quad leaders on the sidelines of the summit.
Besides Modi, the Quad Summit in Tokyo on May 24 will bring together US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and Australian Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese. PTI CPS SCY ZH AKJ ZH
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