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Regional countries should have partnerships not alliances:

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today hoped that the growing ties between and would be conducive to the peace and stability and insisted that the countries in the region should work for partnership instead of forming an alliance.

The comments by the Chinese Foreign Ministry came as and Tokyo sought to firm up their close ties during Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe's visit to

and inked 15 agreements to further broad-base their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where is increasing its assertiveness.

Asked about the growing Indo-strategic partnership, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "We advocate that regional countries should stand for dialogue without confrontation and work for partnership instead of alliance."

Hua was replying to a question about Abe's visit to

Hua, however, declined to comment on specific issue like Japan's plans to sell US-2 amphibious aircraft to India, saying she would like to wait till a detailed readout from the two countries following a meeting between Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Japan's plans to sell the amphibious aircraft to raised eyebrows here as this is first such move by Tokyo to sell defence equipment to any country. is also concerned about getting the first bullet train project in between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

too is vying for high speed rail projects in India, specially the New Delhi-Chennai corridor.

and also have a longstanding dispute over islands in the East Sea. Chinese ties with have also been strained by what Beijing see as Japanese leaders' reluctance to atone for the country's wartime past.

Hua said will "stay open and welcome normal development of relations between the countries in the region", as long as they are conducive to peace and stability in the region.

"We hope that relations will be conducive to regional peace and stability and can play a constructive role in this regard," she said.

Commenting on Abe's visit to India, Chinese think-tanks expressed concern over the "Freedom Corridor", as well as several joint infrastructure projects being launched by and together in different countries as strategic move by the two countries to counterbalance China's ambitious multi- billion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Indo-Japanese initiative, called the 'Freedom Corridor', stretching from Asia-Pacific to Africa, aims at stabilising the region.

"The Freedom Corridor, designed to serve as a counterbalance to China's BRI is expected to figure prominently in talks between Abe and Modi," Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences told state-run Global Times today.

However, the Japanese-Indian initiative is just a beginning. It is unlikely to reach the same level as the BRI, Chu Yin, an associate professor at the University of International Relations said.

The Chinese analysts also referred to report that and were embarking on multiple infrastructure projects across Africa, Iran, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia in what could be viewed as pushback against China's unilateral infrastructure initiatives connecting it with Europe and Africa.

boycotted the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) held this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"Though objects to CPEC, India's real reason is that it doesn't want to see China's influence in South Asia and refuses to open its domestic market to China," Ye Hailin, director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' National Institute of International Strategy, said.

Also the Global Times tabloid, in an editorial titled 'India-intimacy no threat to China' said "in a changing world, the India-intimacy is more like a contrivance".

It said is unlikely to challenge as it has strong bilateral trade relations with Beijing.

"Under the international relations logic of the 21st century, closer India-ties won't pose grave threats to because many of their emotional moves to console each other won't produce any real effects in challenging China," it said.

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First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 15:42 IST