Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Gandhinagar. The meeting was initially scheduled to be held in Delhi, on September 14.
Earlier, in September 2014, Modi did host the Chinese President Xi Jinping in Gandhinagar as well for the bilateral talks.
The visit of Japanese PM is considered a real important and strategic one since both the nation have been indulged in naval exercise in South China Sea where China is claiming ownership of few islands and complete control over the seas. Japan might also discuss about the ongoing North Korea issue.
Incidentally, when Xi was hosted on the banks of the Sabarmati river in 2014, the standoff at Chumar was ongoing and this time it was Doklam issue but however both the issues were settled amicably though not a permanent solution has been reached.
Japan was the only major country which conveyed its unequivocal support to India and Bhutan through diplomatic channels during the Doklam standoff. Modi and Abe would take part in the ground-breaking ceremony (bhoomi pujan) for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project aka the bullet train project, which is estimated to cost Rs 98,000 crore. The ceremony will be held at a site near the Sabarmati railway station in the city.
When Modi visited Japan in November last year, Abe travelled with him to Kobe in a bullet train. Abe visited India lastly in 2015 when both of them travelled to Varanasi and witnessed the Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.