The Bhartiya Janata Party on Saturday responded to China’s objection to Japan showing interest in investment in Northeast. BJP President Amit Shah said that India has sovereign right to develop the country within its boundaries.
“The External Affairs Minister has already cleared India’s foreign policy. India has sovereign right to develop the country within its boundaries,” said Amit Shah who is currently on tour of Jharkhand.
Amid Japan’s push for stepping up investments in India’s north east, China had yesterday stated that it was opposed to any third-party involvement in the resolution of the Sino-India boundary disputes or any foreign investments in areas over which it has claims in the region.
A joint statement, issued by India and Japan on Thursday following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, had announced the setting up of the Act East Forum and referred to plans to take up infrastructure projects such as road connectivity and electricity in India’s northeastern states.
Reacting to it, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Hunyin had said, “You also mentioned Act East policy.
“You must be clear that the boundary of India and China border area has not been totally delimited. We have disputes on the eastern section of the boundary.”
“We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiations that is acceptable to both sides. Under such circumstances, various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to resolve the disputes,” she said.
With PTI inputs