Beijing: 26 Aug India, China and Japan, the three leading Asian powers, must hold trilateral strategic dialogues “to deepen mutual trust and ensure peace, stability and development in Asia”, a leading Chinese scholar has said.
“China, India and Japan should initiate strategic dialogues which would not only be beneficial for enhanced mutual trust but also for regional peace, stability and development,” Deputy Director of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Sun Shihai said.
“There is already bilateral strategic dialogue mechanism between China and India and China and Japan. We should try and promote a trilateral strategic dialogue between the three major powers for the benefit of Asia as a whole,” Sun told PTI here while commenting on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s just-concluded visit to India.
Japan and India have intensified bilateral relations recently causing concerns among scholars who fear the alliance would ‘contain´ China, Sun said.
Some Chinese scholars were concerned about Japan’s ‘real intentions´ since Tokyo was an ‘ally´ of the United States. The US security policy has an influence on Japan and this could in turn exert some influence on Japan-India relations as well, he said.
On the emerging quadripartite relations between India, the United States, Japan and Australia, Sun described it as a bad move that would break unity among Asian countries.
“It would divide Asia. The so-called alliance is not good for the region,” Sun said, adding it would also go against India’s growing interests in the East Asia region as countries in the region would not want to take sides.