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India not going slow on ties with Japan: officials

TOKYO: India today dismissed reports that it had adopted a go slow policy on its relations with Japan in order not to annoy China and said New Delhi is proceeding at the pace determined by the Japanese side. 

Reacting to reports that there are issues in Japan on a bilateral civilian nuclear deal with India, official sources said, "India is quite happy to proceed at the pace determined by the Japanese side." 

The sources dismissed reports of India going slow on ties with Japan so as not to annoy China as Prime Minister 
Manmohan Singh arrived here today on a three-day visit to further cement New Delhi's strategic economic, political and security relations with Tokyo. 

"There are sensitivities in the Japanese side particularly after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and we respect that," the sources said. 

"When Japan is keen to see that whatever it does is in the direction of strengthening non-proliferation regime, India's own view is that civilian nuclear energy cooperation with Japan will only further strengthen non-proliferation regime." 

During his visit, Singh will hold exhaustive talks with his Japanese counterpart 
Shinzo Abe on Wednesday on the entire gamut of bilateral ties with special focus on giving boost to cooperation in defence, economic, energy and other areas. 

Singh will meet 
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko besides interacting with leaders across the political spectrum and captains of Japanese businesses. 

National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, Pulok Chatterjee, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and other senior officials are accompanying Singh.