As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe promise to work together to herald a new era of Indo-Japan ties, China’s state-sponsored Global Times has taken a dig at the growing “intimacy” between the two countries. In an editorial, the Chinese daily boasted that no Asian country can challenge China. “A strong China has the confidence that no Asian country can substantially challenge China’s national security, nor can they by grouping together,” it said.
The editorial noted that “fundamental issue” in Asia is development. “Whoever develops fast will come out on top as the final winner. Since geopolitical issues can easily disturb people’s attention, China must be fully focused to make sound development a priority of its national foreign strategy,” it said, adding, “We can never follow India and Japan that have somewhat lost themselves.”
Modi and Abe today inaugurated India’s first high-speed rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Abe said, “PM Modi and I will work towards realizing ‘Jai Japan- Jai India’”. The Japanese Prime Minister also said, “Japan is committed to supporting Make In India. Our industries are working with India to give a boost to manufacturing in India.” Defining the contours of the new phase of India-Japan relationship, Abe said, “I would like to state that India-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global.”
In the wake of Doklam standoff, the Chinese daily claimed “the vulnerable feeling of the Indian strategic circle” has been “exposed”. “They want to encourage themselves by calling for India’s alliance with the US and Japan to showcase India’s strategic potential to China,” it said.
On Japan, it said, “Japan has been more narrow-minded in looking for allies globally to encircle China.”
The daily further said that Indian and Japan are “unlikely” to challenge China. “Under the international relations logic of the 21st century, closer India-Japan ties won’t pose grave threats to China because many of their emotional moves to console each other won’t produce any real effects in challenging China,” it said.