In a tense military stand-off between India and China at Doklam near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction, a relief was sighted by India after New Delhi’s stand was endorsed by Japan. Supporting India in a military stand-off at Doklam, Japan said that no one should try to change status quo by force.

Japan also backed India for engaging with Bhutan and China through diplomatic channels saying that it considers ‘peaceful attitude’ important.

Commenting on the Doklam stand-off between India and China, which entered its third month, Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu, said, “What’s important in disputed areas is that all parties involved do not resort to unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force, and resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner.”

“As far as India’s role is concerned, we understand that India is involved in this incident based on bilateral agreements with Bhutan. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has made it clear that India would continue to engage with dialogue through diplomatic channels with China to find a mutually acceptable solution. We consider this attitude towards peaceful resolution important,” the envoy added.

The statement from the Japanese side comes as a huge boost to India’s position. Indian and Chinese army have been in a stand-off for almost 3 months as India says that China has violated agreements with India and Bhutan in 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.

Earlier in the matter, US also supported India’s stand by stating calling for a direct dialogue between India and China to resolve the crisis while cautioning against unilateral changes on the ground.

First Published | 18 August 2017 9:40 AM
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