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Japan shouldn't get involved in India-China border row: Beijing

China said no third party should interfere in the issue, which was an apparent reference to Japan's plans to invest in Arunachal Pradesh that is claimed by Beijing

IANS  |  Beijing 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe exchange agreement documents during the India-Japan Annual Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe exchange agreement documents during the India-Japan Annual Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

on Friday said no third party should get involved in the India-boundary dispute, an apparent reference to Japan's plans to invest in India's northeastern state that is claimed by

The Chinese Foreign Ministry was reacting to a host of issues touched upon by the India-joint statement of Thursday, which ranged from freedom of navigation in the South Sea to concerns over China's Belt and Road project.

The joint declaration, after a meeting between Indian Prime Minister and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, also spoke about setting up an India-Act East Forum for the facilitation of Japanese in India's northeast.

"You also mentioned Act East Policy and forum. You must be clear about that the boundary of China-border area has not been totally delineated and we have dispute in the eastern section of the boundary and we are now trying to seek a solution through negotiation which is acceptable to both sides," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said here.

"We hope and various parties should respect such aspects and third parties should not be involved in our efforts to resolve our dispute," she added.

The spokesperson was referring to India's Arunachal Pradesh, which is claimed by as its own.

and also said in the statement they were for freedom of navigation and in which include the South Sea.

pointed out that and have nothing to do with the disputed South Sea as they don't have any stakes in the region.

"Resolving the dispute by directly concerned parties to uphold the freedom of navigation and over flight entitled countries and international law, this is China's position," Hua said.

"We also hope that various parties can uphold the right to freedom of navigation and over flight in various waters," she said, without mentioning which waters she was referring to.

Modi and Abe also talked about China's Belt and Road project.

"You mentioned that there are may be some innuendos on the Belt and Road initiative.

"In terms of improvement on our connectivity, we always do it... We should uphold the wide consultation, joint contribution and benefits to strengthen the infrastructure and connectivity in this region,"

First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 17:07 IST
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