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Japan to play a bigger role in development of NE

Japan to play a bigger role in development of NE Japan to play a bigger role in development of NE
Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 05:10

Hua said the boundary between India and China was yet to be delimited: "There are disputes over the eastern section of the China-India boundary. We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiation that is acceptable to both sides", Hua said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India, part of annual summits between the two countries, has set strategic ties on a fast track.

On September 14, the Japanese PM had said that the Japan is committed to the policy of "Make in India", even as he, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for the proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Network, known as the bullet train. "Under such circumstances, various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to resolve the disputes", she said. Both the title of the joint statement, "Toward a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific", and substantive paragraphs on cooperation in the region, indicate a much closer alignment between India and Japan in countering China's influence in the South China Sea, its forays into the Indian Ocean, and investments in South Asia and Africa.

Reports say that the UNCLOS was mentioned atleast four time in the 2016 joint statement between the two countries. We know that resolving disputes by directly concerned parties to uphold freedom of navigation and over flight is China's position.

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.

About the connectivity projects and the implicit criticism of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Hua said, "I haven't seen any innuendos". India has also extended to Japan an offer denied to any other country, which is to assist in infrastructure development in the Northeast.

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.