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New Delhi: Reacting to proposed Japanese investments in India’s North-East states, as mentioned in the India-Japan joint statement, Beijing on Friday warned that any third party should not meddle in the disputes between China and India over territorial sovereignty in any form.

Keeping in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Act East’ policy, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe – who was in India on a two-day visit earlier this week – announced increased Japanese investment in infrastructure projects such as road connectivity and electricity in the northeast, a region New Delhi sees as a gateway to Southeast Asia. A joint statement issued on Thursday after a bilateral meeting between the two leaders announced the setting up of the Act East Forum.

“You must be very clear that boundary of India China border area has not been totally delimited and we have disputes in the eastern section of the boundary. We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiation that is acceptable to both sides,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Friday.

“In such circumstances, we hope India and various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to solve disputes,” she added.

Shinzo Abe’s visit came days after New Delhi and Beijing agreed to end the longest and most serious military confrontation in Doklam, near Sikkim.

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