Japan backs India on Doka La standoff, flays China’s efforts to change status quo by force
Doka The Standoff in Sikkim became a global discussion point with India and China showing no signs of backlash or solution.
As China targets Bhutan because it is the last man in the immediate neighborhood of India, the attempt to place its soldiers in the tri-crossing is increasingly seen by experts as a mistake which would push New Delhi closer to Washington and Tokyo.
Shinzo Abe with Narendra Modi. ReutersShinzo Abe with Narendra Modi.
After the United States urged India and China to work together to reach some kind of peace agreement, Japan announced Friday Friday in support of New Delhi.
Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu’s statement that there should be no “unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force” comes just a month before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India.
“We understand that the area is disputed between China and Bhutan and that both countries recognize the existence of a dispute,” NDTV said.
While urging all parties involved to resolve the dispute peacefully, the Ambassador said Japan is watching carefully because it has the ability to affect the stability of the entire region.
On the position of India, he said: “We also understand that India has reached an agreement with Bhutan, so that Indian troops are involved in the region.”
According to a report from India today, Hiramatsu said that India’s participation is understandable based on its bilateral agreements with Bhutan.
“Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj made it clear that India would continue to dialogue through the diplomatic channel to find a mutually acceptable solution, we consider it important to have a peaceful attitude.”
Japan’s support and unequivocal support for India are important because China is trying to redraw boundaries and position itself as a regional hegemony in Asia by blocking all countries potentially balancing efforts such as India and Japan , As underlined in this article by Firstpost.
Indian Express quoted some sources as saying that Japan itself was at the end of the expansion of Chinese expansionism and that it better understood the position of New Delhi than many.
Government sources highlighted Japan’s difficulties between 2012 and 2014, when ties between China and Japan were eroded by a territorial dispute over the Senkaku / Diaoyu islands.
Japan was also the only country that had expressed its reluctance to cooperate with China in its One Belt One Road ambition project.
The United States and Japan have also taken the Malabar naval exercise with India in the midst of stagnation, which could indicate their continued support in New Delhi.
After an avalanche of neutral arguments from countries like Nepal and the UK, government sources quoted by The Indian Express believe that Japan’s support has strengthened New Delhi’s arguments.