China reacts to India-Japan cooperation in the northeast, says there is no room for “third parties”

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China on Friday warned third parties against intrusion into its border dispute with India, specifically mentioning the Arunachal Pradesh sector in an apparent response to Indo-Japanese plans to invest in infrastructure projects in the Northeast states.

A joint statement issued on Thursday after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe announced the creation of the Eastern Law Forum and referred to plans to undertake infrastructure projects such as road connectivity and electricity in northeastern states of India.

Although the joint statement did not specifically address Arunachal Pradesh, much of which is claimed by Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying spoke of the disputed border in the “eastern section” when asked about the East Act Forum in a news instructions.

“You must be very clear that the boundary of the India-China border area has not been completely delimited and we have disputes in the eastern section of the border. We are now trying to find a solution through negotiations that is acceptable to both sides,” hua said.

“Under such circumstances, we expect India and various parties to respect such aspects and that any third party should not participate in our dispute resolution efforts,” she added.