As already stated by Financial Express Online, the Cross-Acquisition and Service Agreement (CASA) will provide access to the assistance and services of the other party during bilateral exercises and trainings, United Nations peacekeeping operations and other humanitarian activities. Such an agreement is also known as Mutual Logistics Services Pact – which India already has with some countries, including the United States, France, Australia. A similar agreement will be discussed with Russia and will be discussed when heads of state and government meet next month in New Delhi for the annual summit. The agreement was signed by Defense Minister Ajay Kumar and Japanese Ambassador Suzuki Satoshi. According to the Defense Ministry statement, “the agreement signed on Wednesday concerns the reciprocal provision of supplies and services between the Indian armed forces and Japan`s self-defense forces.” Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman agreed on Monday to begin talks on a bilateral acquisition and cross-service agreement. The two nations will try to exert China`s growing influence in South Asia through an agreement, known as CASA, that allows them to … With an agreement with France, New Delhi has access to Djibouti, and an agreement with Japan will also help. Agreements such as the one India has just signed with Japan systematize the process of reciprocal provision of goods and services relevant to the operations of the two military personnel, within pre-defined accounting parameters. This is different from the exchanges that take place ad hoc, as has been the case in the past. It is clear that these agreements are certainly important, but far from being a “military pact” (with all its connotations), as described in the Nikkei Asian Review, except perhaps very literally.
The fact that India and Japan signed this agreement – which has been under negotiation for some time – in the midst of the Indo-Chinese crisis in eastern Ladakh provided an exciting context for a fallacious agreement. Amid growing tensions between India and China along the effective line of control, which is likely to escalate, with the ACSA agreement with Japan, the Indian navy will have access to the Japanese base in Djibouti and the Japanese will have access to Andaman and Nikobaren.