“The trade union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has agreed to the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of cybersecurity between India and Japan,” the government said in a statement. As part of the strategic dialogue of the 13th Indo-Japanese foreign ministers, Jaishankar and Motegi discussed a wide range of areas such as maritime security, trade and investment, manufacturing, connectivity and infrastructure, as well as UN reforms, MEA said. Jaishankar said in a tweet that further expansion of Indian and Japanese cooperation in third countries, focused on development projects, should also be the subject of partial discussions. New Delhi: The trade union cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of an agreement with Japan to improve cooperation on new technologies, protection of critical infrastructure, cyberspace and the threat to communication networks, according to the government. The agreement was announced following the strategic dialogue between the foreign ministers of India and Japan between Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and his Japanese counterpart Motegi Toshimitsu in Tokyo. “The problems Hitachi Payment Services faced in 2016, when malware caused financial data breaches and included data from 3.2 million debit cards in India, are an example of how common the cybersecurity challenge is and can only be met through joint cooperation,” he said. The proposed cybersecurity agreement will promote cooperation in the areas of capacity building, research and development, as well as security and resilience in critical information infrastructure, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), the Foreign Ministry said. India and Japan are committed to creating an “open, interoperable, free, fair, secure and reliable” cyberspace environment and will work to promote the internet as an engine of innovation and economic growth. 5G is the next-generation mobile technology with download speeds 10 to 100 times faster than current 4G-LTE networks.
“In the face of the growing role of digital technologies, the two ministers stressed the need for robust and resilient digital and cyber systems and welcomed the finalization of the text of the cyber security agreement,” the MEA said. The government approved the agreement, with an official statement that the two countries will also exchange information on combating cybersecurity threats and develop mechanisms to reduce threats to the information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. In addition, India and Japan will also cooperate on cybersecurity in international for a such as the United Nations. With regard to cooperation in the field of cyber security, the joint statement states that “the two ministers, recognizing the growing role of digital technologies, have stressed the need for more robust and resilient digital and cyber systems.” The two sides reaffirmed “similarities in their respective Indo-Pacific visions” based on “the rule of law and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Calls for respect for territorial integrity come amid Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, with India at the effective line of control in eastern Ladakh and japan in the Senkaku Islands.