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Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera. Photo: AFP
Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera. Photo: AFP

Japan wants India’s support on disputes with China

Japan defence minister Itsunori Onodera says after the recent Chinese provocative actions, the global community needs to send a message to Beijing

New Delhi: Engaged in a territorial dispute with China, Japan on Thursday sought India’s support over “the recent Chinese provocative actions", saying a message needs to be sent to it collectively that status quo cannot be changed by force.

Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera said dialogue is the only way to resolve the row created by imposition of restrictions by China in the East China Sea and other areas. “For both India and Japan, China is an important neighbouring country. Both countries have important economic linkages with China. However, after the recent Chinese provocative actions, entire international community will have to send a message to China," he told PTI in an interview here.

“Both Japan and India should ask for a dialogue with Chinese side and tell China not to change status quo by force. These issues should be solved through dialogue and following international rules," the minister said.

He was responding when asked whether India and Japan could come together on issues with China as both the countries have territorial disputes with it. The security situation in the region against the backdrop of recent tensions between Japan and China triggered by imposition of ‘air defence identification zone’ (ADIZ) over East China Sea and other areas by China came up during talks between Onodera and his Indian counterpart A.K. Antony here on Monday.

During the meeting, Antony is understood to have told Onodera that India stands for freedom of navigation in international waters and application of global conventions. PTI

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