Ahead of PM Modi’s Japan visit, China asks for respect towards ‘concerns of neighbours’

A Chinese report said: "India won't benefit much by balancing China through Japan. It will only lead to more mistrust between New Delhi and Beijing."

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: November 11, 2016 12:08 pm
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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi set off on a key visit to Japan, China on Thursday said that while it has no issues in New Delhi and Tokyo developing normal relations, they should respect “legitimate concerns” of neighbours. “Regarding what might be discussed by the two leaders, we note that Prime Minister Modi will kick off his visit to Japan. We have no problem with our neighbours developing normal relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told media briefing in Beijing replying to a question.

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“We hope that when they develop their relationships, they can respect legitimate concerns of their neighbours and contribute to regional peace and stability,” he said. He declined to comment on reports that India will buy US-2 ShinMaywa amphibious aircraft from Japan, saying it is mere speculation. In September, Chinese Foreign Ministry reacted angrily to reports that Japan plans to sell weapons to India at a cheaper prices saying that such a move is disgraceful.

“We hold no objection to normal state to state cooperation including defence cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media briefing on September 13. “But if the report is true that if someone is making unrighteous move then this is very disgraceful,” she said while replying to a question about media reports that Japan plans to cut prices to sell 12 ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious aircraft designed for air-sea rescue in a $1.6 billion deal.

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Ahead of Modi’s visit, Chinese official media warned that India may suffer “great losses” in bilateral trade if it joins Japan to ask China to abide by the international tribunal’s ruling quashing Beijing’s claims over the South China Sea (SCS). “India should beware of the possibility that by becoming embroiled in the disputes, it might end up being a pawn of the US and suffer great losses, especially in terms of business and trade, from China,” an op-ed article in state-run Global Times said yesterday.

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Citing Indian media reports that India is seeking support from Tokyo during Modi’s visit to Japan next week to issue a joint statement asking China abide by the July ruling of the tribunal on the SCS, the article said “India and China should put more efforts into resolving problems like the imbalance of their trade ties”. “India won’t benefit much by balancing China through Japan. It will only lead to more mistrust between New Delhi and Beijing,” it said.

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    Mystore Rom
    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm
    India has to respect its largest neighbor if India wants NSG and others..lt;br/gt;It's stupid for India to be hostile to its neighbors but friendly to countries more than thousands miles away. lt;br/gt;China has more options than India to play.
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    umesh
    Nov 10, 2016 at 11:09 am
    China, exactly that's what India have had been telling you. You help Pak to wage proxy war against India to put it under developed forever and blocking terrorist designated Azhar's declaration as a terrorist, blocking India's bid to become a member of NSG, India would play what it feel right for it, aint it? You cant control the entire world with the help of a terror producing and exporting, a nuclear proliferate stan on your side, if you want real peace you too be a part of it. You cant detect what others should do that is ONLY good for you.
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    vivek
    Nov 11, 2016 at 3:06 am
    Same applies to chinese also who are now openly blocking and blocking India let it be NSG taking shelter of technical review or International terrorist mood azar or permenant seat for India in security counsel where other 4 countries are willing only execption is China. China is countiunesly and openly working against India
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    Augustus
    Nov 10, 2016 at 10:38 am
    Let China learn to respect India as its neighbor and India will be more than happy to reciprocate after
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