The concept of twin cities or twin cities is a legal and social agreement between cities, cities, counties, oblasts, prefectures, provinces, regions, states between two distinct countries to promote cultural and commercial ties. 11. The defence and security partnership between India and Japan has evolved over the years and is now an integral pillar of bilateral relations. Our exchanges have intensified as a result of the increasing convergence on strategic issues; And their importance is growing from a common point of view on the issues of peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The three-service scholarships between Japan and India have been institutionalized to complement the Triad. The Coast Guard has had regular annual exchanges since 2006. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi said in a speech to the Indian diaspora that bilateral strategic relations between India and Japan would reach new heights, with India planning to build an economy worth $5 trillion over the next five years. The PM was greeted with songs by Bharat Mata ki Jai, Jai Shree Ram and Vande Mataram. 12. The year 2019 has been a time of events for bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and security, the visit of ATLA Commissioner Nobuaki Miyama, who participated in Aero-India 2019 in Bengaluru on 22 and 24 February 2019, and the Indian Defence Companies Forum-Japan, held in Bengaluru on 23 February, on the sidelines of Aero India 2019. Lt Gen Hirohide Inoue, Commander Air Development and Test Command, also participated in the event.
The general also called CAS, IAF at AFS Yelahanka on 20 February on the sidelines of his visit and discussed topics of common interest. Staff talks between the three services ended this year, starting with the 5th Army talks to the Army Staff from 7-9 February 2019 in New Delhi, followed by the 3rd Air to Air Staff Talks of 27-29 May and 8. Navy to Navy Staff Talks, July 9-11, 2019, both of which took place in Tokyo. DG Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, DG ICG attended the 18th ICG-JCG High Level Meeting in Tokyo on January 22, 2019. The event also coincided with the visit of ICGS Shaunak to Japan to train with JCG on January 23, 2019 in Yokohama. The year also played an important role in the opening of negotiations on the Japan-India (ASCA) Acquisition and Cross Service Agreement (ASCA). Three passing exercises were conducted in 2019, a joint exercise between the IN-JMSDF vessels and a joint Air ASW exercise between the IN P8I and P-3C aircraft and the Indian Navy`s participation in the Counter Measures/Explosive Disposal Ordinance (MINEX/EODEX) 2J 2019 mine. In addition to these exercises, many SMEs have been implemented between services. From 15 to 25 October, JASDF conducted the shinyu Maitri 19 bilateral exercise in India.
This is the second time for JASDF to conduct the bilateral exercise with the IAF. Authorities in the Japanese city of Kobe exchanged letter of intent (LoI) with their colleagues in Ahmedabad for the Ahmedabad-Kobe Sister City Partnership. Kobe: India`s Ahmedabad and Japan`s Kobe will now be twin cities. The Memorandum of Understanding (LoI) was exchanged on Thursday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Shinzo Abe.