Ladakh-like incidents not in interest of India or China: MEA

by Abel Hampton August 19, 2017, 0:58
Ladakh-like incidents not in interest of India or China: MEA

"We understand that the standoff in the Doklam area has been ongoing for almost two months".

India has also privately raised objections to Chinese firm Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group's proposed $1.3 billion takeover of Indian drugmaker Gland Pharma, it emerged last month.

Japan is the first country to openly speak on the crisis and back India.

India, who is one of Bhutan's biggest allies, is concerned that the road would give China greater access to parts of India and is backing Bhutan's claim over the land.

Meanwhile, as the Doklam stand-off is approcahing its second month, China's Foreign Ministry has reiterated that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops would continue to defend Dong Lang, which is Chinese territory, and India should withdraw all its troops and equipment from there.

India's Independence Day was deliberately chosen by the Chinese Australians to show their protest.

When asked about yesterday's incident in Ladakh, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters, "This is not a subject on which the government makes a comment on".

In 1962, the two countries engaged in a bloody border war and skirmishes have continued to break out sporadically.

China is India's biggest trading partner. However, it refused to link it to Doklam standoff between the 2 countries.

Identifying the standoff as a dispute between China and Bhutan, Hiramatsu said that India's actions were in keeping with the bilateral security arrangements the nation has with Bhutan.

Confirming the "incident", Kumar said the local Army authorities discussed the matter at a meeting on August 16. Japan has expressed that all such issues need to be resolved through dialogue, which is why it is providing diplomatic support to India and Bhutan.

But, Japan's move seems to have taken China by surprise.

"And the attempt to change the status quo by trespass in the boundary is by India, not China". "These issues should be solved through dialogue and following worldwide rules".

In recent times, even as India's vocal opposition and aggression towards Pakistan remains marked, the country's tiffs with China are visibly increasing.

When asked about the senior Japanese diplomat's remarks, the Indian spokesperson said, "his words speak for themselves".

According to the Japanese Embassy in Delhi, Mr. Hiramatsu made a statement "consistent with our position on the worldwide rule of law", when he advised all parties concerned with the Doklam standoff not to "resort to unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force, and resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner". In the Donglong (Doklam) area, there is no territorial dispute. The way the whole thing has been presented, it is clear that China needs India's help to increase its influence in the IOR. Japan had then said that China was escalating the situation unilaterally and it was unacceptable to Tokyo.

Further, with China growing its might in the India-Pacific region, Japanese trade may be subject to whims and fancies of China.


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