Japan wants India to speak its mind on South China Sea
ISHIGAKI/ NEW DELHI: Japanese authorities were stunned to notice in August this year more than 200 Chinese fishing boats operating in the contiguous zone around East China Sea’s Senkaku islands, which Beijing insists on calling Diaoyu islands. Around the same time, 15 Chinese Maritime Law Enforcement Force (MLEF) vessels entered Japanese territorial waters+ around the Senkakus.
Fifteen is a remarkable number because, according to Japanese authorities, China deploys not more than 4-5 MLEF vessels near Scarborough Shoal, which it is seeking to forcibly occupy from the Philippines, in South China Sea.
Japanese fishermen have already stopped visiting the Senkakus. “Our people can’t go to Senkakus as they fear a collision with Chinese fishing boats,” said Yoshitaka Nakayama, the mayor of Ishigaki in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture. The Ishigaki island is located 170 km south of the uninhabited Senkaku islands.
Japan refused to help in building highways in Arunachal for fear of Chinese backlash. If it wants India to make a firm statement it needs to put its money where its mouth is. Fund the Arunachal border roads project and execute it. And India shall remain a close ally forever.
why should we be begging for money from japan is it not our responsibility to protect our own land instead of asking them
You seem to be naive about international politics. When a third country funds a project in a disputed region, it becomes a party to the dispute and cannot give away its ally in international forums. This is exactly the tactic employed by countries (Pakistan has perfected this in PoK).
You are right. However, in an agreement between Pakistan and china signed in 1960 or 1962, it has been stated that POK is a disputed land and China will accept decision taken by India and Pakistan.
lol. China needs Pakistan to keep india down. This is why they regularly doll out gifts like JF17.
This is the problem with Japan…..though it is an economic super power, it did not bother to build its Military strength……..now it wants USA, India and all other countries to speak against China……..Modi is doing the right thing in building our military capabilities with huge investments……he knows, unless we are a Military power to reckon with, no body will respect us……
japan is already investing in north east
China should be thrown out of the World Security Council . UN should pass an unanimous decision on that.
Yes, It Right Time to isolate China Too !
modi should support japan
Dev S Rautela: Since China has started flaxing it”s mussels in SCS, let the like minded democratic countries get together and jointly protest China”s “dadagiri” wherever possible.
B S Jha
well , we can stand with Japan if they can reciprocate with us…