Japan to help India with 5G to counter China’s growing influence

Japan to help India with 5G to counter China’s growing influence

Tokyo will receive cooperation in nurturing digital technology professionals

TOKYO — Japan and India will tie up in the field of information and communications to counter China’s growing influence on telecommunications and digital infrastructure, Japanese government officials said.

The two governments will support the introduction of 5G wireless networks, submarine fiber-optic cables and other technologies to India from Japanese companies, the officials said. In addition, Japan will receive cooperation from India in nurturing professionals well versed in digital technology.

The tie-up will involve projects totaling tens of billions of yen (hundreds of millions of dollars).

Preparations are underway to sign a memorandum of understanding for concluding a comprehensive agreement at an online meeting in December between Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Ryota Takeda and Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s telecommunications minister. Japanese and Indian cabinet ministers have not signed such an MOU before.

Following a border clash between India and China in June, the Indian government introduced tit-for-tat retaliatory measures including a ban on the use of TikTok, the popular Chinese video-sharing social networking service, in the country.

Increased tensions with China are prompting India to promote cooperation with Japan in the field of communications.