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17 September 2017, 09:17 | Devin Moran
Amit Shah addresses a press conference in Ranchi
Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on September 16 responded to China's objection to Japan's plans for investment in the development of India's northeastern states.
Expressing displeasure over the proposed Japanese investments in India's North-East states, China has said it is against the involvement of "third parties" the region where it has border disputes with India, media reports said.
India and Japan have agreed to enhance defense ties in what is being seen as a clear cut message to China.
Hua had even said that India and China are now trying to seek a solution through negotiations.
According to the statement, Modi and Abe appreciated the cooperation between Japan and northeastern India, ranging from key infrastructure such as road connectivity, electricity, water supply and sewage, to social and environmental sustainability such as afforestation and community empowerment, as well as people-to-people exchanges, including inviting youth from the the Northeast to Japan.
"You also mentioned Act East policy". In this context, they noted with satisfaction the setting up of the India-Japan Act East Forum.
India and Japan on Thursday inked 15 agreements to further broad-base their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China is increasing its assertiveness. "We have disputes on the eastern section of the boundary", she said, without directly referring to Arunachal Pradesh which it claims as part of South Tibet.
About the India-Japan joint statement, Hua said, "The statement mentioned resolving disputes through negotiation and dialogue. Under such circumstances, various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to resolve the disputes", Hua said.
"India's policy has been very well clarified by Sushmaji (External Affairs Minister)". I have not found the word "China" in the statement. India has also extended to Japan an offer denied to any other country, which is to assist in infrastructure development in the Northeast.
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