New Delhi: It is being revealed that the discussions in the 2plus 2 meet, between India and Japan, were centred around China. At the same time, it was also underlined during the discussions that Japan will continue to invest in the development projects in the northeastern states. Both these issues are disturbing for China. At the same time, the Japanese foreign ministry informed that both India and China would be encouraging China to abide by the international rules.
The first 2 plus 2 talks were held between India and Japan. Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Taro Kono participated in the talks. These talks indicate that the strategic cooperation between India and Japan is scaling new heights. Soon, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be visiting India. These talks are looked at as the preparation for this visit. Meanwhile, Press Secretary in the Japanese foreign ministry, Atsushi Kaifu has made some significant statements, while talking about the 2 plus 2 meet.
Kaifu said that India and Japan would collectively encourage China to abide by international laws. China is trampling the international laws in the East and South China Seas. China is claiming exclusive rights over these marine regions. Therefore, China has decided to build artificial islands in this region and to militarise them. This has increased the concerns of the smaller countries in the region. Whereas, the United States, Australia and Japan are accusing China of creating a threat to the international freight movement, violating the international rules.
It is claimed that India and Japan have united to stop these Chinese activities in the region. A suggestive statement that India and Japan will be making joint efforts to keep the Indo-Pacific sector open and free was issued during the 2 plus 2 meet. Trusting this statement, some newspapers have claimed that India and Japan have opened a joint front against China. Although no reaction has been received from China so far, indications are that a Chinese reaction, in its own way, is expected soon.
Meanwhile, Kaifu clarified that Japan would continue to invest in the northeastern states in India. Kaifu particularly stressed on the investment in Arunachal Pradesh. China had claimed that Arunachal Pradesh is not an Indian territory and in fact, is a part of China. Therefore, as per China, Japan has no right to invest in this state.