Responding to Japan’s plan to step up investments in northeastern India, China said it was against a “third party” in the region where it has border disputes with India.
In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy in the east, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was in India on a two-day visit earlier this week, announced the increase in Japanese investment in infrastructure projects such as road connectivity and electricity in the Northeast, an area that New Delhi considers a gateway to Southeast Asia. A joint statement issued Thursday after a bilateral meeting between the two leaders announced the establishment of the Eastern East Forum.
“You also mentioned the policy of the Eastern Law, it has to be clear that the border of the border area of India and China has not been fully delimited. We have disputes in the eastern part of the border,” said Ministry of Foreign Relations spokesman Exteriors of China, Hua Chunying.
“Now we are trying to find a solution through negotiations that are acceptable to both parties and in such circumstances several parties must respect these aspects and any third party should not participate in our efforts to resolve disputes,” Hua said.
Shinzo Abe’s visit came a few days after New Delhi and Beijing agreed to end the longest and most serious military confrontation in Doklam, near Sikkim. The 70-day outbreak began in June, when India dispatched troops to prevent the construction of a road in the remote and uninhabited Doklam area claimed by both China and its ally in Bhutan. India. Delhi says the road is a serious security concern because it is changing the status quo at the confluence of borders between India, China and Bhutan.
The Chinese spokesman, however, said that China is not mentioned in the joint statement India-Japan and that it has never seen innuendo in Beijing as reported by the media. “We are also closely following the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to India. I have carefully read the joint statement, but I have not found the statement mentioned in the term” China, “he said.
The joint declaration between India and Japan said: “The two prime ministers welcomed the cooperation between India and Japan in the development of Northeast India a concrete symbol of the development of synergies between East India policy and Indo Pacific Free and Open Strategy “.
“India and Japan are important countries in Asia and we hope that the normal development of the relationship can promote peace, development and development and play a constructive role in this process,” said the Chinese spokesman.
In an indirect reference to Japan, Hua said: “We also hope that several parties can defend the rights to freedom of navigation on country flights in different waters.” China and Japan have a dispute over the uninhabited islands called Senkakus by Japan and Diaoyu Islands by China in the East China Sea, where the ships of both countries aggressively patrol the waters around the islands.
Relations between India and Japan – the second and third largest economy in Asia – have grown, such as Mr. Abe and PM Modi, who have a close personal relationship, are increasingly balanced for China to be the dominant Asian power .