Why Japan lent support to India against China over Doklam standoff
China seems to lose diplomatic “war” over Doklam. Japan has become the third influential country in the world to support India’s position on Doklam Standoff. In fact, Japan has spread the ambiguity that the United States and the United Kingdom have shown in supporting India.
Japan’s support for India came a month after leading a Chinese newspaper, the Global Times warned New Delhi against the bank in Tokyo in case of conflict over the Doklam issue.
And, here, Japan offers unconditional support to India against aggressive Chinese persistence in Doklam. “India should not have the support of the United States and Japan because their support is illusory,” said a Golbal Times editorial, which is controlled daily by the Chinese government.
GROWING DIPLOMATIC SUPPORT FOR INDIA
Speaking at India’s Conclave in June, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said: “India in 2017 is different from India in 1962.” The statement came in the context of Chinese rhetoric about the Doklam impasse that India must learn from the military debacle of 1962 when the two countries fought a war.
China had only taken the statement of the Minister of Defense for Indian military power, but ignored India’s diplomatic prowess.
Although most European countries are in “wait and see” mode in the Doklam impasse, support seems to be increasing for India. While the United States and the United Kingdom supported India’s position to resolve the problem through dialogue, while China called for talks with the early withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam.
A US congressman said earlier this month that China has taken some provocative measures that have grown into the current setback on the shelf. The United Kingdom has explicitly stated that Doklam is a bilateral problem between India and China and that dialogue must be resolved.
This is exactly what Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told Parliament during a statement on Doklam Standoff.
But the Japanese movement seems to have taken China by surprise. Beijing criticized Japan saying that Tokyo did not have the facts of Doklam.
JAPAN SUPPORT IS NOT A SURPRISE
But Japan’s support of India over Doklam’s opposition comes as no surprise. In fact, it was Japan in January 2014 who asked India to forge a team to thwart Chinese expansionist movements in the East China Sea as well as the Himalayas.
Japan’s call for a united opposition to Chinese movements came in the context of a unilateral Beijing move to change the status quo in the East China Sea where it had imposed the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
Japanese Minister of Defense, Itsunori Onodera, said: “Japan and India should call for dialogue with Chinese countries and tell China not to change the status quo by force.” Through international dialogue and surveillance