Ja­pan backs In­dia, op­poses China LAC bid

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In a ma­jor diplo­matic boost to New Delhi amid the Sino-In­dian bor­der ten­sions in the Ladakh sec­tor, Ja­pan on Fri­day backed In­dia by op­pos­ing any uni­lat­eral attempts by China to change the sta­tus quo at the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC).

In a ma­jor diplo­matic boost to New Delhi amid the Sino-In­dian bor­der ten­sions in the Ladakh sec­tor, Ja­pan on Fri­day backed In­dia by op­pos­ing any uni­lat­eral atte-mpts by China to change the sta­tus quo at the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC). This comes af­ter for­eign sec­re­tary Harsh Vard­han Shringla brief-ed Ja­panese am­bas­sador Satoshi Suzuki on Fri­day, in­di­cat­ing how the In­dian gov­ern­ment is build­ing diplo­matic sup­port for its po­si­tion. Ja­pan it­self has mar­itime ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes with China.

In a tweet put out with­out nam­ing China, the Ja­panese en­voy said, “Had a good talk with FS Shringla. Ap­pre­ci­ated his brief­ing on the sit­u­a­tion along LAC, in­clud­ing GoI’s pol­icy to pur­sue peace­ful res­o­lu­tion. Ja­pan also hopes for peace­ful res­o­lu­tion thro-ugh di­a­logues. Ja­pan op­poses any uni­lat­eral attempts to change the sta­tus quo.”

Last month, the Ja­panese am­bas­sador had also ex­pressed his deep con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the In­dian sol­diers who were killed in the bor­der clash with Chi­nese troops at the Gal­wan val­ley in the Ladakh sec­tor in midJune.

In­dia and Ja­pan along with the US and Aus­tralia are already part of the four-na­tion “Quad” ar­range­ment that fo­cuses on main­te­nance of a “rules-based or­der” in the Indo-Pa­cific re­gion.

The Quad is seen by ob­servers as a cru­cial ar­range­ment in the face of in­creas­ing Chi­nese mil­i­tary as­sertive­ness in the Indo-Pa­cific re­gion and South China Sea. Just a few days ago, the Ja­panese mar­itime self­de­fence forces had car­ried out a train­ing ex­er­cise with the In­dian Navy in the In­dian Ocean.

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