China Has No Right to Oppose Japan's investment in Northeast: Amit Shah

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

Hua said there was no mention of China anywhere in the India-Japan joint statement nor has she seen any "innuendoes" referred to Beijing as stated by the media.

Abe said the two sides had agreed upon a Japan-India investment support road map.

Without mentioning Arunachal Pradesh, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that negotiations were still on to settle the "eastern section" of the China-India border.

Among the 15 agreements signed after the annual India-Japan bilateral summit here on Thursday, one is on setting up the India Japan Act East Forum "to enhance connectivity and promote developmental projects in the northeastern region of India in an efficient and effective manner".

"We hope that all parties can make concerted efforts to uphold the freedom of navigation and overflight enjoyed by all countries in relevant waters under the global law and stay committed to settling the issues and disputes between them through dialogue and consultation", she added.

Asked about possible allusions to China in the joint statement, Hua said, "I have also read the Japan-India joint statement..."

"We know that to resolve the disputes, the directly concerned parties have to uphold the rights to freedom of navigation, over flights entitled to countries under global law".

When asked about the matter, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that South China Sea issue was part of both nation's commitement on Indo-Pacific region and did did not dwell too much on it. For example, Mr. Abe said North Korea was a "joint" challenge for India and Japan, and the statement contained a phrase about holding countries "that have supported North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes" accountable, obviously aimed at Pyongyang's benefactors in Beijing.

China and Japan have dispute over the uninhabited islands called Senkakus by Japan and Diaoyu islands by China in the East China Sea where naval ships of both the countries aggressively patrol the waters around the islands. Hua hoped that close ties between India and Japan were conducive to regional peace and stability. India has also extended to Japan an offer denied to any other country, which is to assist in infrastructure development in the Northeast.

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