Japan to play a bigger role in development of NE

Amit Shah addresses a press conference in Ranchi

We know that resolving disputes by directly concerned parties to uphold freedom of navigation and over-flight is China's position.

China on Friday warned third parties against meddling in its boundary dispute with India, specifically mentioning the Arunachal Pradesh sector in an apparent response to Indo-Japanese plans to invest in infrastructure projects in the North Eastern States.

India and Japan on Thursday inked 15 agreements to further broad-base their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China is increasing its assertiveness.

You must be clear that the boundary of India and China border area has not been totally delimited.

Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his two-day visit to India, attended the annual India-Japan Summit to take bilateral and strategic ties between the two countries forward.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said both sides were negotiating to solve the disputes bilaterally.

"Any third party should not meddle in the disputes between China and India over territorial sovereignty in any form", Hua said. This time though the successful resolution to the Doklam dispute, which saw China agreeing to India's demand to stop road construction to where Beijing believes the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction is, and Japan's preoccupation with North Korea meant a more restrained response in their joint statement to the security challenge in SCS. "We hope that the development of normal relations between Japan and India can play a constructive role for the mutual trust and cooperation between regional countries and the peace, stability and development of the region", she said. As strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney says, India and Japan are now faced with very hard choices on SCS with Trump effectively giving Beijing a "free pass" to act in whatever manner it wants to. "I read the joint statement carefully but I have not found the statement mentioned the term China at all", she said.

Japan has a historic connection to the Northeast and is among the few countries that India has allowed a presence in the eight landlocked states which are the country's gateway to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations members.

When asked about the India and Japan's indirect allusion in the joint statement regarding border dispute, navigation, and Belt and Road initiative, the Chinese side explained that "it is better to ask Japan and India and see whether they can make some clarifications on this".



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