Ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Japan, China urges respect for ‘neighbours’ concerns’

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off a key visit to Japan, China said on Thursday that while it has no problem developing normal relations in New Delhi and Tokyo, it should respect neighbors’ ‘legitimate concerns’ . “Regarding what could be discussed by the two leaders, we note that Prime Minister Modi will begin his visit to Japan. We have no problem with our neighbors developing normal relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a press conference in Beijing in response to a question.

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“We hope that as they develop their relationship, they can respect the legitimate concerns of their neighbors and contribute to regional peace and stability,” he said. He declined to comment on reports that India would buy a US-2 ShinMaywa amphibious aircraft from Japan, saying it was just speculation. In September, China’s foreign ministry reacted angrily to reports that Japan was considering selling weapons to India at a lower price, saying such a move was shameful.

“We have no objection to normal state-to-state cooperation, including defense cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press conference on May 13. September. “But if the report is true that if someone does something unfair, it’s very shameful.” she said when responding to a question about media reports that Japan was planning to cut prices to sell 12 ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious aircraft designed for air-sea rescue under a 1-year deal. $.6 billion.

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Ahead of Modi’s visit, Chinese state media warned that India could suffer ‘great losses’ in bilateral trade if it joins Japan in demanding China comply with the international tribunal’s ruling quashing the claims from Beijing on the South China Sea (SCS). “India must beware of the possibility that by getting involved in the disputes, it will end up being a pawn of the United States and suffer heavy losses, especially in terms of business and trade, from of China,” an opinion piece in the state-run Global Times said yesterday.

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Citing Indian media reports that India is seeking Tokyo’s support during Modi’s visit to Japan next week to issue a joint statement urging China to abide by the court’s July ruling on SCS, the article states that “India and China should exert more efforts to resolve issues like imbalance in their trade relations.” “India will not benefit much from a balance between China and Japan. will only increase mistrust between New Delhi and Beijing,” he said.