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  1. Doklam standoff: Japan backs India, says no country should unilaterally change status quo by force

Doklam standoff: Japan backs India, says no country should unilaterally change status quo by force

The Japanese Embassy in India on Friday told ANI that Japan is closely watching the Doklam stand-off between India and China and that no country should make an attempt to unilaterally change status quo by force.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 18, 2017 2:06 PM
Japan, India, Doklam issue, Japanese ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, China, Bhutan, Sikkim Tibet Bhutan trijunction The endorsement of the Indian position by Japan is a significant development at a regional level as China has violated agreements with Japan as well and not with only India and Bhutan. (Reuters)

The Japanese Embassy in India on Friday told ANI that Japan is closely watching the Doklam stand-off between India and China and that no country should make an attempt to unilaterally change status quo by force. Speaking to ANI, a Japanese embassy official said, “We are watching the situation very closely at Doklam. We believe there should be no attempt by any party to unilaterally change status quo by force as maintaining it is very important.” Earlier yesterday too, Japan came out in full support for India in its protracted military stand-off with China at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction as according to the local media, Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu said, “We recognise Doklam is a disputed area between Bhutan and China and the two countries are engaged in border talks. We also understand that India has a treaty understanding with Bhutan, that’s why Indian troops got involved in the area.” The endorsement of the Indian position by Japan is a significant development at a regional level as China has violated agreements with Japan as well and not with only India and Bhutan. It is pertinent to mention that Japan is also engaged with the sovereignty issue with China over East China sea. The Bhutanese Government had earlier told ANI over phone, “Our position on the border issue of Doklam is very clear.” Reacting to the developments in Doklam, the Bhutanese Government had on June 29 issued a press release in which it clearly stated that the construction of the road inside the Bhutanese territory is a direct violation of the agreements and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between the two countries.

China is attempting to build a road through Doklam plateau, which is part of Bhutan, a development that would be a serious disadvantage to India’s military defences.

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Meanwhile, as the Doklam stand-off is approcahing its second month, China’s Foreign Ministry has reiterated that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops would continue to defend Dong Lang, which is Chinese territory, and India should withdraw all its troops and equipment from there. The stand-off began when China started constructing a road in the area. India objected to the road construction after the Chinese troops ignored Bhutanese protests, triggering the faceoff from June 16. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has reiterated that India’s road map is peace and talks are going on to resolve the issue diplomatically. India has made its stance clear that that it stands for peace the border question can be solved diplomatically, not by war.

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