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Joint Press Release Second Japan-India Cyber Dialogue, New Delhi

August 18, 2017

1. The Second India-Japan Cyber Dialogue was held in New Delhi on August 17, 2017. The Japanese delegation was led by Ambassador Masato Otaka, Ambassador in charge of Cyber Policy and Deputy Director General of Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan and attended by representatives from National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, National Police Agency and JPCERT/CC while the Indian Delegation was led by Ambassador Sanjay Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary (GEM, EG & IT & CD), Ministry of External Affairs. It was also attended, on the Indian side, by representatives from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Home Affairs, National Security Council Secretariat, Central Bureau of Investigation, Department of Telecommunication, National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre and the National Investigation Agency.

2. Japan and India reaffirmed their commitment to an open, free, secure, stable, peaceful and accessible cyberspace, enabling economic growth and innovation. In particular, both sides reaffirmed that existing international law is generally applicable in cyberspace and that no country should conduct or support ICT-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to its companies or commercial sectors. The two countries also reaffirmed that the bilateral cyber dialogue provided a strong foundation for existing and future cooperation.

3. Areas of discussion included domestic cyber policy landscape, cyber threats and mitigation, mechanism on bilateral cooperation and possible cooperation at various international fora and regional fora such as the ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting on Security of and in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ARF ISM on ICTs Security), whose establishment was endorsed in August, 2017. The Indian delegation also made a presentation on the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space to be held in New Delhi on November 23-24, 2017. Both sides shared the view that they will deepen the dialogues at various levels including through the Japan-India Cyber Dialogue.

4. Both sides agreed to hold the next Japan-India Cyber Dialogue in Tokyo in 2018.

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