REACTION TO JAPAN’S INVESTMENT PLANS No Room for 3rd Party in Sino-India Dispute, Says China
Hua says China opposes foreign investment in ‘disputed areas’; claims Arunachal as southern Tibet
Beijing: ChinaonFridaysaiditisopposed to any foreign investments including that from Japan in the ‘disputed areas’ in India’s North East regionandisagainstanythirdparty’s involvement in resolving its border disputes with India.
Reacting to Japan’s plans to step up investments in the northeastern states during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokespersonHuaChunyingtoldthemediathat Chinaisopposedtoanyforeigninvestment in the ‘disputed areas’.
“YoualsomentionedActEastpolicy. 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,” she said. “Wearenowtryingtoseekasolution through negotiations that is acceptable to both sides. Under such circumstances, various parties should respect such aspectsandanythirdpartyshould not be involved in our efforts to resolve the disputes,” she said. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as southern Tibet.
Hua said there was no mention of China anywhere in the India-Japan joint statement nor has she seen any “innuendoes” referred to Beijing as stated by the media.
“To be frank we are also closely followingtheJapanesePrimeMinister’s visittoIndia.Ireadthejointstatement carefullybutIhavenotfoundthestatement mentioned the term China at all,” she said. About the references to Indo-Pacific, which included South China Sea in the joint statementandcallsfor the countries to resolve the disputes peacefully, she said the statement mentioned disputes to be resolved through dialogue. “We know that to resolve the disputes the directly concerned parties havetoupholdtherightstofreedomof navigation, over flights entitled to countries under international law. This is China’s position,” she said.
In indirect reference to Japan, she said, “We also hope various parties can uphold the rights to freedom of navigationof overflightsbycountries in various waters.“
China and Japan have dispute over the uninhabited islands called Senkakus by Japan and Diaoyu islands by China in the East China Sea .
China and Japan are in dispute over uninhabited islands in East China Sea