Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Japan to play a bigger role in development of NE

Japan to play a bigger role in development of NE

Expressing displeasure over the proposed Japanese investments in India's North-East states, China has said it is against the involvement of "third parties" the region where it has border disputes with India, media reports said. You must be clear that the boundary of India and China border area has not been totally delimited.

"We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiation that is acceptable to both sides", Hua said. The India-Japan joint declaration said, "The two Prime Ministers welcomed the India-Japan cooperation on development of India's North Eastern Region (NER) as a concrete symbol of developing synergies between India's Act East policy and Japan's Free and Open Indo Pacific Strategy".

The varied stance of US President Donald Trump over the South China Sea may also have influenced the mention of the dispute between India and Japan.

After ending the Doklam Standoff with India, China again wants to portray Arunachal Pradesh as a "disputed territory".

We know that resolving disputes by directly concerned parties to uphold freedom of navigation and over-flight is China's position.

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The recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to India and the subsequent talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw the discussion of several important issues, including China's expansion through its OBOR (One Belt One Road) initiative, and laying the foundation stone of India's first bullet train, made with the aid of Japan. The two countries have chose to seek synergy between India's "Act East" Policy and Japan's "Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure", by closely coordinating, bilaterally and with other partners, for better regional integration and improved connectivity as well as industrial networks based on principles of mutual consultation and trust.

In the past, the Modi government has issued direct mentions of the South China Sea dispute in its past joint declarations, specifically with the United States in 2014, under the presidency of Barack Obama. I have not found the word "China" in the statement.

"We also hope various parties can uphold the rights to freedom of navigation and over-flight by countries in various waters", she said.

About the references to Indo-Pacific, which included South China Sea in the joint statement and calls for the countries to resolve the disputes peacefully, she said the statement mentioned disputes to be resolved through dialogue. "We hope that the development of normal relations between Japan and India can play a constructive role for the mutual trust and cooperation between regional countries and the peace, stability and development of the region".

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