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No third party in NE: China on Japan FDI plan

17 September 2017

"Under such circumstances, we believe that any third party should respect the efforts made by China and India to settle the disputes through negotiations and any third party should not meddle in the disputes between China and India over territorial sovereignty in any form", MFA spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

"India's policy has been very well clarified by Sushmaji (external affairs minister)".

According to strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney, since Trump has effectively given China a "free pass" on how to act on South China Sea, India and Japan are in a more hard position to address the issue.

Hua said the boundary between India and China was yet to be settled: "There are disputes over the eastern section of the China-India boundary".

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According to the statement, Modi and Abe appreciated the cooperation between Japan and northeastern India, ranging from key infrastructure such as road connectivity, electricity, water supply and sewage, to social and environmental sustainability such as afforestation and community empowerment, as well as people-to-people exchanges, including inviting youth from the the Northeast to Japan.

"China and India are working on seeking a fair and reasonable settlement which can be accepted by both sides through negotiations".

He said that development of infrastructure in the northeastern region would help India open out much more to Myanmar, Bangladesh and beyond.

Amid Japan's push for stepping up investments in India's northeast, China said today that it was opposed to any third-party involvement in the resolution of the Sino-India boundary disputes or any foreign investments in areas over which it has claims in the region.

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In the past, the Modi government has issued direct mentions of the South China Sea dispute in its past joint declarations, specifically with the U.S. in 2014, under the presidency of Barack Obama.

She also said in response to other questions that China had closely tracked the Japanese Prime Minister's high-profile visit to India.

About the connectivity projects and the implicit criticism of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Hua said, "I haven't seen any innuendos". Hua hoped that close ties between India and Japan were conducive to regional peace and stability.

China and Japan have dispute over the uninhabited islands called Senkakus by Japan and Diaoyu islands by China in the East China Sea where naval ships of both the countries aggressively patrol the waters around the islands.

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No third party in NE: China on Japan FDI plan