India is set to ink an agreement with Japan for cooperation in 5G technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and security of the critical information infrastructure and an array of other critical areas.

With this, the two strategic partners vowed to further broadbase their ties including in the Indo-Pacific region. In addition, Japan agreed to be the lead partner in the connectivity pillar of the Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative (IPOI).

The agreement was finalised by S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, India and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo on October 7, 2020 and is likely to be signed when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new counterpart in Japan, Yoshihide Suga, hold a virtual summit.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs, the pact will set the framework for India-Japan cooperation in capacity building, research and development, security and resilience in the areas of critical information infrastructure, 5G, internet of things (IoT) and AI.

The move comes in the backdrop of growing reluctance by a significant number of countries globally to allow Chinese vendors to roll out 5G services in their territories.