Japan can not use India against China, says Chinese daily

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Japan can not use India against China, says Chinese daily
Beijing, Sept 23: The views of some Japanese commentators that India and Japan can build a strategic counterweight to China are groundless, a leading Chinese daily stated Tuesday.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan earlier this month, the People's Daily, in an article in its online edition, stated: "Some commentators in Japan suggested that the leaders of Japan and India were aiming to build a strategic counterweight to China. The suggestions are groundless."

It pointed out that India, the "giant elephant" of South Asia, has an independent foreign policy.

"No major powers - including Japan and the US - will succeed in imposing their will on India. India's prudent foreign policy is decided by India's practical interests."

Coming to Sino-Indian relations, it highlighted the fact that Chinese President Xi Jinping, during his visit to India this month, met Modi in the latter's home state of Gujarat.

"This visit was a symbol of mutual respect between India and China, and has been seen as the first step in establishing a personal relationship between the top leaders of the two countries," the article stated.

"It is of indispensable strategic value for India to cooperate with China on a friendly basis. How India manages its other relationships is another story. To be good neighbours with China has significant geopolitical implications, and is of all-around benefit to both India and China."

Stating that friendly relations between neighbouring countries are a basic precondition for health in other foreign affairs, the article said this applied especially to India today.

"It can be clearly asserted that the stronger the Sino-India relationship is, the better India will be able to manage its relationships with the US and Japan."

According to the article, China is considered to be the biggest rival to the US and Japan.

"Both the US and Japan are inclined to look for allies to help them counter China. These two countries will try to discourage India from any rapprochement with China if the two countries seem to be getting too close. However, they will want bilateral relationships to be improved if there is a downturn," the article said.

Mentioning that China sought to have long-term benefits from its relationship with India, the relationship between the two countries "is of independent strategic value and it has nothing to do with relationships with America and Japan".

"The Sino-India bond has been improving for many years, better than many other foreign relationships. Rationality and perspective play dominant roles in Sino-India relationships," it stated.

It said the governments of the two countries were taking a practical and positive approach when it came to territorial disputes in order not to damage their bilateral relationship.

"This is a most reasonable approach in dealing with territorial disputes in Asia. It also provide the two countries with a new angle to manage this kind of dispute," the article stated.

"It is necessary to understand that China and India are complementary to each other," it concluded.

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