China Has No Right to Oppose Japan's investment in Northeast: Amit Shah

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"We have disputes on the eastern section of the boundary".

"There are disputes over the eastern section of the China-India boundary".

"We agreed on a Japan-India Act East Forum which will essentially explore the possibilities of involving Japan in the development of North East infrastructure", Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said.

However, one worldwide issue was not discussed, namely the disputed South China Sea, in contrast to the previous two India-Japan summits where the summit declarations specifically referred to the South China Sea and reaffirmed the commitment to freedom of navigation and overflight.

She added: "We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiations that is acceptable to both sides".

Among the 15 agreements signed after the annual India-Japan bilateral summit here on Thursday, one is on setting up the India Japan Act East Forum "to enhance connectivity and promote developmental projects in the northeastern region of India in an efficient and effective manner".

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In line with Modi's "Act-East" Policy, Abe announced increased Japanese investment in infrastructure projects such as road connectivity and electricity in the region. China's position on the boundary issue is consistent... I have not found the word "China" in the statement.

China's foreign ministry spokesperson, however, clarified that both India and Japan can play a constructive role for developing mutual trust and cooperation between regional countries and the peace, stability and development of the region.

In the past, the Modi government has issued direct mentions of the South China Sea dispute in its past joint declarations, specifically with the U.S. in 2014, under the presidency of Barack Obama. "Under such circumstances, various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to resolve the disputes", she said.

"We hope that all parties can make concerted efforts to uphold the freedom of navigation and overflight enjoyed by all countries in relevant waters under the worldwide law and stay committed to settling the issues and disputes between them through dialogue and consultation", she added.

Hua also brought up China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). With the opulent pageantry and 8-km roadshow in Gujarat over, it is time to get down to brass tacks and address some of the issues in order to facilitate closer ties between India and Japan, even as the two leaders and militaries forge closer bonds.