Shah: China can’t stop In­dia from de­vel­op­ing N-E

The Asian Age - - Front Page -

Ranchi, Sept. 16: BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Satur­day as­serted In­dia’s sov­er­eign right to de­velop the coun­try within its bound­aries, dis­miss­ing China’s ob­jec­tion to Ja­pan show­ing in­ter­est in in­vest­ment in the North­east re­gion.

“It is our sov­er­eign right to de­velop the coun­try in­side our bound­aries and we will utilise that right,” Mr Shah told re­porters here.

Re­act­ing to Ja­pan’s push for step­ping up in­vest­ments in the northeastern states, China had on Fri­day said that it was op­posed to the in­volve­ment of a third-party in the res­o­lu­tion of the Si­noIn­dia bound­ary dis­putes or any for­eign in­vest­ments in ar­eas over which it has claims in the re­gion.

A joint state­ment, is­sued by In­dia and

It is our sov­er­eign right to de­velop the coun­try in­side our bound­aries and we will utilise that right

— Amit Shah, BJP chief

Ja­pan on Thurs­day fol­low­ing talks be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his Ja­panese coun­ter­part Shinzo Abe, had an­nounced the set­ting up of Act East Fo­rum and re­ferred to plans to take up in­fra­struc­ture projects in the northeastern states.

Re­act­ing to it, Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing had said, “You also men­tioned Act East

Con­tin­ued from Page 1 pol­icy. You must be clear that the bound­ary of In­dia and China bor­der area has not been to­tally de­lim­ited. We have dis­putes on the east­ern section of the bound­ary.”

“We are now try­ing to seek a so­lu­tion through ne­go­ti­a­tions that is ac­cept­able to both sides. 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.

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