Arguing that global cooperation is required more than ever in the face of growing security challenges, Japan and India have agreed to step up military and economic ties, adding to an already robust strategic partnership.

During “two-plus-two” talks held on Thursday in Tokyo, the nations' foreign and defense ministers agreed to step up both military cooperation and exchanges, announcing the launch of high-level talks between the Japan Joint Staff and the Indian Integrated Defence Staff.

They also revealed that a new joint fighter aircraft exercise series will be launched in the near future to pave the way for greater collaboration and interoperability between the air services. Japan and India also committed to continuing bilateral and multilateral drills, while also vowing to conduct “more complex and sophisticated” exercises and boost multilateral maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.