Indo-Ja­pan ties un­nerve China

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New Delhi: Ja­pan’s pro­pos­als to in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture projects such as road con­nec­tiv­ity and elec­tric­ity in India’s north­east have rat­tled China which said on Fri­day that is op­posed to any for­eign in­vest­ment in what it called a “dis­puted” re­gion. China also said that it is against any third party’s in­volve­ment in re­solv­ing its border dis­putes with India.

On Thurs­day, PM Naren­dra Modi and his vis­it­ing Ja­panese coun­ter­part Shinzo Abe laid the foun­da­tion for India’s first bul­let train project.

At the cer­e­money, New Delhi said that it wel­comed pro­pos­als for in­creased Ja­panese in­vest­ment into in­fra­struc­ture projects in India’s north­east.

Ja­panese in­vest­ment into the north­east “would give legs to our Act East pol­icy,” For­eign Sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar had told re­porters.

On Fri­day, Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing said: “You also men­tioned Act East pol­icy. You must be clear that the bound­ary of India and China border area has not been to­tally de­lim­ited,” she told re­porters in Bei­jing. China claims parts of India’s north-eastern state Arunachal Pradesh as south­ern Ti­bet. “We are now try­ing to seek a so­lu­tion through ne­go­ti­a­tions that is ac­cept­able to both sides,” she was quoted by news agency re­ports as say­ing.

“To be frank we are also closely fol­low­ing the Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter’s visit to India. I read the joint state­ment care­fully but I have not found the state­ment men­tioned the term China at all,” Hua Chun­y­ing said.

She, how­ever, said that India and Ja­pan are im­por­tant coun­tries in Asia and China hopes the nor­mal de­vel­op­ment of the re­la­tion­ship can be con­ducive to re­gional, peace and de­vel­op­ment and play a con­struc­tive role in this process.

On Fri­day, Modi and Abe also held sum­mit talks and signed 15 agree­ments to en­hance strate­gic part­ner­ship, agree­ing to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in the Indo-Pa­cific re­gion.

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