Referring to Japan’s announcement to invest in northeast India, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Friday said that any third party should not meddle in the disputes between China and India over territorial sovereignty in any form.
“You must be very clear that boundary of India China border area has not been totally delimited and we have disputes in the eastern section of the boundary. We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiation that is acceptable to both sides,” Hua said.
“In such circumstances, we hope India and various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to solve disputes,” she added.
However, Hua also mentioned that both India and Japan can play a constructive role for the mutual trust and cooperation between regional countries and the peace, stability and development of the region.
“I want to add that both Japan and India are important countries in Asia. We hope that the development of normal relations between Japan and India can play a constructive role for the mutual trust and cooperation between regional countries and the peace, stability and development of the region,” she said.
Talking about the India-Japan joint statement, Hua said, “The statement mentioned resolving disputes through negotiation & dialogue. We know that resolving disputes by directly concerned parties to uphold freedom of navigation and over flight is China’s position.
“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 international law and stay committed to settling the issues and disputes between them through dialogue and consultation,” she added.