Attempt by Japan to form united front with India against China will be a ‘crazy fantasy’: Chinese media

Referring to Modi's remarks, China's state-run media said that Japanese and Western public opinion views them as a clear reference to China

By: Press Trust of India | Tokyo | Published:September 2, 2014 4:56 pm
In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Japan's Emperor Akihito, left, talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, during the audience at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (Source: AP) In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Japan’s Emperor Akihito, left, talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, during the audience at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (Source: AP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in Japan of an “expansionist” mindset of some countries have riled the Chinese official media which said the Indian leader is more “intimate with Tokyo emotionally” but he himself on Tuesday preferred to sidestep a question on the issue.

On the contrary, a Japanese paper feels “concerns” about China were apparently the major stumbling block in the inconclusive summit talks between Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday. The Chinese Foreign Ministry declined to comment on Modi’s remarks of “expansionist” mindset by some countries encroaching into others’ land and entering into others’ waters at a business interaction yesterday which were seen as oblique comments against China which has dispute with Japan over Senkaku islands in East China Sea.

The official Chinese media on Tuesday warned against any attempt by Tokyo to form a united front against China with India at the centre which it said will be a “crazy fantasy”. At an event at the Sacred Heart University in Tokyo on Tuesday, Modi was asked by a student about how peace could be pursued in Asia despite China’s “expansionist” designs.

“You seemed to be troubled a lot by China,” he told the questioner, adding that they were asking questions like journalists. Avoiding a direct answer, he merely said, “India is a democratic country. Similarly, Japan is also a democratic country. If India and Japan together think about peace and positive things, we can make the world realise the strength of a democracy.

“We should focus on progress and development instead of paying attention to others. If we pay attention to our situation, our condition will be better.” The Japanese daily ‘Asahi Shimbun’ in its report on the summit talks feels that India’s decision not to enter into a civil nuclear deal with Japan and not to upgrade ministerial dialogue should be seen in the background of India’s desire not to antagonise China with which it has a border dispute for long.

Referring to Modi’s remarks, China’s state-run Global Times said in an editorial that Japanese and Western public opinion views them as a clear reference to China, although he did not mention China by name. The paper reproduced Modi’s remarks made in Tokyo where he said, “everywhere around us, we see an 18th century expansionist mind-set: encroaching in other countries, intruding in others’ waters, invading other countries and capturing territory”.

“This interpretation made some sense because Modi is more intimate to Tokyo emotionally. Therefore it is perhaps a fact that he embraces some nationalist sentiments against China,” the editorial titled ‘Modi-Abe brings scant comfort’. “But the rationality, policy and strategy of a big country are shaped by its national interests. As a defender of India’s national interests, Modi is predicted to make some remarks suitable for media hype, but he has avoided naming China directly,” it said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry yesterday reacted guardedly avoiding a direct comment but Global Times, a publication of the run Communist Party of China run People’s Daily, came out with a sharp criticism today. “China’s GDP is five times that of India’s. Mutual trust
between Beijing and New Delhi, facing strategic pressure from the north, is difficult to build as there is also an unresolved border conflict between the two,” it said.

“But India has proved it is a rational country, displaying an independent foreign policy and loath being an appendix of any particular power. Plus, India cherishes peace. The consensus between China and India has become stronger over not letting border issues shadow a bilateral relationship. The positive India-China relationship has also created conditions for rapport between India and Pakistan,” it said.

“The increasing intimacy between Tokyo and New Delhi will bring at most psychological comfort to the two countries. What is involved in China-India relations denotes much more than the display of the blossoming personal friendship between Modi and Abe,” it said.

“After all, Japan is located far from India. Abe’s harangue on the Indo-Pacific concept makes Indians comfortable. It is South Asia where New Delhi has to make its presence felt. However, China is a neighbour it can’t move away from. Sino-Indian ties can in no way be counterbalanced by the Japan-India friendship.”

“Both as new emerging countries and members of BRICS, China and India have plenty of interests in common. Geopolitical competition is not the most important thing for the two countries, at least at present,” it said. China-India relations are stable. Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to India later this month and the only country Chinese leaders won’t visit in the near future is Japan.

Also an article written by the Centre for International and Strategic Studies at the Peking University said Modi’s visit is an indication of his personal friendship with Abe but India will not give up its policy to strike a balance between Japan and China.

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    Atul
    Sep 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm
    Indian National Interest should be guiding light of the PM. And I believe PM Modi is acutely aware of this... India First is his clarion call! The country is in safe hands!
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      Brijkhanna
      Sep 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm
      May we take this as China THREAT? If China can woo STAN INDIA arch enemy, why not India look East and have strategic relationship with not only an but other countries including MYANMAR, VIETNAM, PHILIPPINE, SINGAPORE, INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, AUSTRALIA. CHINA should understand that he is not street Dada?,
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        I am
        Sep 3, 2014 at 9:06 am
        Good one.....
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          H1N1
          Sep 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm
          China ........this is for you. Anything is possible. Nothing is crazy. Constantly intruding into Indian borders...that is not acceptable. Trying to tell us what to do...that is not acceptable....If you extend your hand of friendship and co-operation we will take it. Otherwise you will waste your reources and hurt your own progress by making enemies out of friendly country like India.
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            H1N1
            Sep 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm
            The Chinese media is right about one thing. India will favor co-operation with China. But China needs to remember..dia is not going to be pushed around anymore either. No more annexing and bullying of Indian troops at Border areas. If you want to be peaceful...do not do it thru media alone. You need to practice it. That means stop trying to encroach into Indian territory. If you can do that ....it would be good. Otherwise it will result in a Nuclear exchange. India will not take any encroachment lying down. And remember....taking Indian territory and keeping it is going to be for you. We have millions of people just like China. So this will be Chinas undoing and it will be bogged down with guerilla fighters besides Indian forces ..... in a place it cannot possibly hold.It will result in world war3. There will be no limited conflict in this scenario. If there is going to be exchange of nukes...the w world is going to be affected and they will pitch in too....unless they want to die along with India and China.
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              H1N1
              Sep 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm
              With nukes...that both China and India possess.....buying time is not necessary. India will protect itself even at great expense from Chinese expansionist atude. Once nukes hit...time will be meaningless for millions of dead people on both sides of the border and radiation fall out the world will experience.
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                Greg Savage
                Sep 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                Bravo.
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                  Greg Savage
                  Sep 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm
                  Cannot be more "crazier" than the Chinese atude of promoting cessation in the North-East parts of India and their"unwavering" support to stan. I support Mr. Modi in his attempt to show the Chinese their rightful plce.
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                    Greg Savage
                    Sep 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                    Well said.
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                      Shrinath
                      Sep 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm
                      Chine paper says " In spite of border issue, business relationship with India is going on". Now this business is clearly in favor of China. Now I think time for India to tell China, very clearly that, stop all nonsense at boarders. India should do business with China, only if China stops creating boarder problems.
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                        Rajesh Mohanty
                        Sep 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm
                        In statecraft, a fine balancing act between two opposing forces is required. By overtly leaning in favour of an and indirectly criticizing China in a foreign soil, BJP has shown its amateurish handling of the situation.
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                          Kamalakant Chitnis
                          Sep 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm
                          The reaction of China is cautious in deriving clue of Indo-an enhanced and new relationship to disturb China citing that China is neighbour of India and an is too far away from India to equate and share with the common interests! China has always pla shrewd politics in it's endeavour to promote it's intensions and protecting it's immediate interest and disputes with her neighbours. China knows that Mr Modi is in a hurry and wants to buy time to set right the things at home and so we can expect some move from China which will jeopardise the present outwardly looking calm and quite situation. If Mr Modi succeeds in buying time China knows if Mr Modi takes lead it would be difficult to recover the lost ground and the time!
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                            Kamalakant Chitnis
                            Sep 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm
                            The reaction of China is cautious in deriving clue of Indo-an enhanced and new relationship to disturb China citing that China is neighbour of India and an is too far away from India to equate and share with the common interests! China has always pla shrewd politics in it's endeavour to promote it's intensions and protecting it's immediate interest and disputes with her neighbours. China knows that Mr Modi is in a hurry and wants to buy time to set right the things at home and so we can expect some move from China which will jeopardise the present outwardly looking calm and quite situation. If Mr Modi succeeds in buying time China knows if Mr Modi takes lead it would be difficult to recover the lost ground and the time!
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                              kris kumar
                              Sep 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm
                              What is new China has always used Pak against India. If it was not for China support would not have dared the way they are firing at LOC. Regarding Modi statement in an it appears that the Chinese are just ignoring it publically but they know what Modi meant about Chinese expansionist policy towards its neighbours. China is worried about India tilt towards an and offer to help anese to make everything in India instead of China.
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                                Chaganti Bhaskar
                                Sep 7, 2014 at 2:59 am
                                Love China , please don't forget what we all, daily using electronic gadgets , solar panels and wind generators are mostly from CHINA. China is giving life to many. "CHINA is a great country"
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                                  Sunitha
                                  Sep 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm
                                  I hope not, but it may come to a point where we have to use trade sanctions against China to make our point. Throughout its history, China has been an expansionist - and confrontational - country whenever it became unified and powerful. It called foreigners barbarians and denied them entry into its capital which came to be known as the 'forbidden' city. But should it come to p, we should not only shut off imports from them, but a call would go out from the NRIs the world over to boycott its products in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Imagine the effect on Chinese factories if over one billion Indians in India and over 25 million overseas Indians and their foreigner friends, neighbors and sympathizers stopped buying products made in China. So there's no need to kneel down before them.
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                                    Sunitha
                                    Sep 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm
                                    I'm glad they did not consult with you before deciding their China/an relations. Fine advice: Treat a country (an) with which we have no adversarial issues the same as China which is encroaching into our territory week in and week out.
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                                      Rajeev
                                      Sep 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm
                                      Only way to be a strong nation is overall development of the nation and key allies in the development process.
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                                        ramdas
                                        Sep 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm
                                        Why it hurts and riles China when modiji says it has an expansionist policy. It is a direct accusation so be it. When China can harm India's interest by joining hands with porkistan. India will also do the same way. If China has 5 times gdp of India so what ? We will also get there and compete.
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                                          RK Handa
                                          Sep 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm
                                          China has moved a step forward by warning an that any attempt to form a United front with India will be a crazy fancy..state run Beijing media is just using a childish, an Immatured language. There is no,not the least,any attempt to form a United 'front'.Mutual friendship or collaboration in fields of industry and technology do not consute a 'front' a word which is generally ociated with military collaboration or battle field. From Day one,the two countries have been talking of non violence and peace.Chinese media attempted to read between the lines of the speech which Indian Prime Minister delivered there.Chinese media refreshed their first lesson in journalism that one should not read the lines but 'between the Lines'.What shall they read between the lines,when there is a blank space. China in reality has been unnerved by great friendship shown by two Prime Ministers. that country is guilty conscious by highlighting the words of India PM entering into others' waters and others' land. Indian Prime Minister did not name any country He visited Kyoto and Tokyo,two highly industrialised cities of the world to seek partnership I industry,technology and infrastructure.Modi had visited an with bouquets of love and friendship and got reciprocal friendship.Any attempt by a third country to misread or misinterpret this bond of friendship will be a futile exercise.
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                                            RK Handa
                                            Sep 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm
                                            This is an unnecessary fear in Chinadia and an have joined hands not against a third country ,but to strengthen bi lateral relations between the two countries.Both India and an are the oldest democracies of the world and both are committed to strengthening world peace. Memories of devastation and havoc caused in an are still fresh in the minds of people there.This country is committed to peace and only peace. China's reheotric that Indian PM had referred to expansionist designs of some countries,to encroach upon waters of other countries and to invade some,without naming China. Beijing's media says,this is an oblique reference to China. It will be better if China stops reading between the lines and joins global mainstream of peace.
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