Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Oppose 'third-party' involvement in Sino-India border disputes: China

Oppose 'third-party' involvement in Sino-India border disputes: China

There was a mention of UNCLOS in the 2017 India-Japan joint statement for sure and the same paragraph also reiterated the determination to work together for stability, peace and development in the Indo-Pacific.

"Under such circumstances, we hope India and various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to solve disputes", she added.

Dismissing China's objection to Japan showing interests in investment in the northeastern states, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said that India has the sovereign right to develop the country within its boundaries and added that New Delhi's policy has been very well clarified by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. "We have disputes on the eastern section of the boundary", she said, without directly referring to Arunachal Pradesh which it claims as part of South Tibet.

Talking about the India-Japan joint statement, Hua said, "The statement mentioned resolving disputes through negotiation and dialogue".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held wide-ranging talks on key bilateral, regional and global issues and discussed ways to deepen ties in trade, security and civil nuclear energy. I have not found the word "China" in the statement.

Japan's plan to step-up its investment in North-East was announced during Japanese premier Shinzo Abe's visit to Ahmedabad for the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit. It's still a dilution though of the 2016 document which said the two PMs "regarding the South China Sea" stressed the importance of resolving the disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognised principles of worldwide law including the UNCLOS.

In an indirect reference to Japan, Hua said, "We also hope various parties can uphold the rights to freedom of navigation of over flights by countries in various waters".

About the connectivity projects and the implicit criticism of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Hua said, "I haven't seen any innuendos". The two countries have made a decision to seek synergy between India's "Act East" Policy and Japan's "Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure", by closely coordinating, bilaterally and with other partners, for better regional integration and improved connectivity as well as industrial networks based on principles of mutual consultation and trust. 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.

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