No third-party meddling in North East: China on Japan FDI plan

Without mentioning Arunachal Pradesh, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that negotiations were still on to settle the “eastern section” of the China-India border.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Updated: September 16, 2017 9:45 am
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Expressing dissatisfaction over proposed Japanese investments in India’s North-East states, as mentioned in the India-Japan joint statement following bilateral talks a day earlier between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe in Gandhinagar, Beijing Friday warned that a “third-party should not meddle” in border disputes between India and China. Without mentioning Arunachal Pradesh, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that negotiations were still on to settle the “eastern section” of the China-India border.

Referring to the India-Japan Act East Forum, MFA spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “China and India are working on seeking a fair and reasonable settlement which can be accepted by both sides through negotiations. 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.”

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. China’s position on the boundary issue is consistent… I want to add that both Japan and India are important countries in Asia. 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.”

The India-Japan joint statement mentioned cooperation between the two countries to improve infrastructure and development in the North-East region. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said: “We agreed on a Japan-India Act East Forum which will essentially the explore the possibilities of involving Japan in the development of North East infrastructure.”

Asked about possible allusions to China in the joint statement, Hua said, “I have also read the Japan-India joint statement… I have not found the word ‘China’ in the statement. So, I am wondering whether this is the overinterpretation of the media or just like the media’s conjecture, both Japan and India have the hidden agenda. As far as I am concerned, it is better to ask Japan and India and see whether they can make some clarifications on this.”

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    rishabh thakur
    Sep 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm
    Well then same applies to you...why are meddling in our affairs..yout are building CPEC through POK, which is also a disputed area..😠
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      issac Pakkiasamy,Tamil
      Sep 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm
      The Chinese have lost their senses.While Chinese are meddling with Pakistan occupied Indian Kashmir, China cannot talk about Japan and India.
      1. Raja Raja
        Sep 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm
        India will do as it pleases with its owm territory Not one inch of Arunal will be comprimised... Ha ha ha Chinese PRC has to expend their pork blood if they want to touch Arunal which they are not willing as seen in Doklam...Maybe China PRC can try new technique...send their pros utes appease the far that looks like the best weapon that they hv
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          Vellala Rama
          Sep 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm
          1. S
            Sep 16, 2017 at 12:41 pm
            Shouldn't China follow the same rules regarding POK
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