Doklam: Japan backs India, says no one should use unilateral force in bid to change status quo


After the United States of America, Japan has now come out in support of India on the current India-China border crisis in the India-Bhutan-China triangle on the Doka La (Doklam) plateau.

Responding to questions about the current border position, Japanese ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu said Thursday: “We understand that the fighting in the Doklam area has been ongoing for almost two months, as it can affect the stability of The whole region, We have been watching the situation very closely. ”

Japan, which also faces China’s maritime aggression, stressed the need to respect the agreements and not alter the status quo at will. “What is important in the disputed areas is that all parties involved do not resort to unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force and resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner.”

The Japanese envoy also said: “We realize that the area is disputed” between China and Bhutan, “both recognize the” existence “of a dispute and were engaged in border negotiations.

He added: “We also understand that India has an understanding of the treaty with Bhutan, which is why Indian troops were involved in the area.” This was said by Chinese diplomat Wang Wenli, Deputy Director General of the Department of Borders and Ocean Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, who said that Bhutan had transmitted to Beijing “diplomatically that the area of ​​the conflict is not its territory.”

Despite China questioning India’s presence in Doklam and has established the pre-condition of withdrawing troops for any kind of dialogue, Japan has taken sides with India in its position. “With regard to the role of India, we understand that India is involved in this incident based on bilateral agreements with Bhutan.” Foreign Minister Swaraj has made it clear that India will continue to dialogue through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution. We consider this attitude toward peaceful resolution important, Ambassador Hiramatsu said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the United States had asked India and China to solve the problem through dialogue. US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said: “We are encouraging both sides to sit down and have a direct dialogue.”