RIETI Open BBL Webinar

[Global Intelligence Series] Challenges and Opportunities for India-Japan Economic Partnership


India has become the fifth-largest economy in the world, surpassing Britain, the former colonial power. It is said that India will overtake Germany and Japan to become the world's third-largest economy within the next 10 years. What challenges and opportunities are there for India and Japan, which are important partners in the free and open Indo-Pacific initiative? Former Ambassador to Japan and the current director of the Indian Defense Research Institute (IDSA), H.E. Amb. Chinoy, one of India's leading experts on Japan and China, and Professor Mohanty from RIS, one of India's top think tanks, will present lectures on how to strengthen economic relations between the two countries.


  • Time and Date: 12:15-13:15, Wednesday, December 16, 2020 (Registration opens at 12:00)
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: Ms. YUHARA, Conference Section, RIETI
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  • Speaker: Amb. Sujan R. CHINOY (Director General, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (Manohar Parrikar IDSA), India / Former India's Ambassador to Japan)

    Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy, an expert on China, Japan and national security issues, is Director General, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (Manohar Parrikar IDSA), New Delhi. A career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service from 1981-2018, he was India's Ambassador to Japan from 2015-2018, and earlier, the Ambassador to Mexico. A specialist with over 25 years of experience on East Asia and the Asia-Pacific, he served in Indian Missions in Hong Kong and Beijing and as Consul General in Shanghai and Sydney. He also served as India's representative to the First Committee at the United Nations in New York dealing with Disarmament & International Security Affairs and as Political Counsellor in the Indian Mission in Riyadh. At Headquarters, in the Ministry of External Affairs, he was Director (China) as well as Head of the Expert Group of Diplomatic & Military Officials tasked with CBMs and boundary-related issues with China for four years. He was also the desk officer for the USA and Canada, and Officer on Special Duty in charge of press relations in the External Publicity Division. On deputation for four years with the National Security Council Secretariat under the Prime Minister's Office, Amb. Sujan Chinoy worked extensively on internal and external national security policy and anchored strategic dialogues with key interlocutors around the world. He is fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin), and conversant in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, Urdu and French-Creole.

  • Speaker: Saroj Kumar MOHANTY (Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India)

    Professor Saroj Kumar Mohanty is serving at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a think-tank supported by the Ministry of External Affairs. As an economist, he has been working on issues relating to Asian economic integration, GVCs, RCEP, SAARC, BRICS, IBSA, GSTP, Indo-Pacific, etc. His other research interest includes trade & employment, south-south cooperation, development cooperation, WTO issues and technology intensive trade. Previously, he was teaching in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published several papers and books in both national and international journals. He has long association with number of multilateral organisations and think tanks including Asian Development Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNDP, FAO, European Commission, Commonwealth Secretariat, SAARC Secretariat, German Development Institute, etc. Recently, he has prepared a few studies on India's engagement with the AAGC process and its response to rising trade deficit with China. He has just finished two monographs on ‘India's Economic linkages with South Asia: Analysis of Four Country Studies' and ‘India's Economic Engagement with LAC'.

  • Commentator: FUKUOKA Noriyoshi (Director, Southwest Asia Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI / Consulting Fellow, RIETI)
  • Moderator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)