Japan, India plan to hold '2-plus-2' meeting in Tokyo on Thursday

The Japanese and Indian governments are preparing to hold a meeting in Tokyo on Thursday that will be attended by the foreign and defense ministers of the two countries. Japan wants to reaffirm that cooperation with India is important. India is currently participating in a large-scale military exercise with Russia.

Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu plan to attend the conference. India will be represented by foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and defense minister Rajnath Singh.

This will be the second time that Japan and India will hold a "two-plus-two" meeting. The first conference took place in India three years ago.

The arrangements are being made as China continues to ramp up its effort to gain hegemonic power.

At the planned meeting, Japan and India will likely reaffirm that they are committed to cooperating in the effort to bring about a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Tokyo also hopes to underscore the importance of the four-way security dialogue known as the Quad. Japan, the United States, Australia and India are all members of the Quad.

India and China are participating in Russia's drill. It is the first large-scale military exercise that Russia has engaged in, since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine began.