Ja­pan un­clear on Dok­lam facts

Abe wants to build Asia al­liance with In­dia: ex­pert

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Shan Jie

The Chi­nese for­eign min­istry has warned Ja­pan to en­sure it is clear on the facts be­fore com­ment­ing on the China-In­dia stand­off in Dok­lam af­ter a Ja­panese diplo­mat made a state­ment on the is­sue.

Hua Chun­y­ing, spokesper­son of China’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, said Fri­day that the Ja­panese am­bas­sador in In­dia might re­ally want to back In­dia, but “I want to warn him not to speak care­lessly be­fore he is fully aware of the facts.”

Hua noted that there are no ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes in the Dok­lam area, as both China and In­dia have rec­og­nized and ad­hered to the de­lim­ited China-In­dia bor­der in Sikkim for 127 years. It is In­dia that has crossed the bor­der il­le­gally to cre­ate is­sues and change the sta­tus quo, not China.

Ja­panese Am­bas­sador Kenji Hi­ra­matsu re­cently said that there should be no at­tempt to change the sta­tus quo on the ground by force, which In­dia con­sid­ered was a “sig­nif­i­cant act of sup­port for In­dia,” the Times of In­dia re­ported on Fri­day.

“What is im­por­tant in dis­puted ar­eas is that all par­ties in­volved do not re­sort to uni­lat­eral at­tempts to change the sta­tus quo by force [but] re­solve the dis­pute in a peace­ful man­ner,” Hi­ra­matsu told The In­dian Ex­press.

Hi­ra­matsu is also con­cur­rently ac­cred­ited as the Ja­panese am­bas­sador to Bhutan, The In­dian Ex­press said.

The Times of In­dia re­ported that In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his Ja­panese coun­ter­part Shinzo Abe will be in Gu­jarat for three days from Septem­ber 13.

“Abe wishes to build an al­liance in Asia, and wants to join hands with In­dia to con­front China,” Hu Zhiy­ong, a re­search fel­low at the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions of the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Fri­day.

“In­dia and Ja­pan see China as a com­mon op­po­nent … they have been strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion on nu­clear is­sues and na­tional de­fense as well as form­ing the ‘free­dom cor­ri­dor’ to ri­val China’s Belt and Road ini­tia­tive,” Hu said.

“Ja­pan’s pub­lic state­ment at such a sen­si­tive time is to strengthen In­dia’s de­pen­dence on Ja­pan and to coun­ter­act the pres­sure from China in the East China Sea,” Hu noted.

He noted that In­dia has not re­ceived pub­lic sup­port or help from other ma­jor pow­ers such as the US and Rus­sia over the stand­off.

“If they showed sup­port to In­dia pub­licly, China would strike back strongly with the truth, be­cause in this case, In­dia is in the wrong,” he said.

As of Au­gust 7, 53 In­dian troops and one bull­dozer re­mained in Chi­nese ter­ri­tory. In­dia has com­plained about China’s new roads, but it, too, has been build­ing roads and a large num­ber of In­dian troops are massed in the area, Xin­hua re­ported.

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