- Japan said there should be no attempt to change the status quo on the ground by force
- The statement comes as an endorsement of the Indian position that China has violated agreements with India and Bhutan
In a significant act of support for India in its protracted military standoff with China at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction, Japan has said there should be no attempt to change the status quo on the ground by force.
The Japanese statement comes as an endorsement of the Indian position that China has violated agreements with India and Bhutan in attempting to build a road through Doklam plateau, which is part of Bhutan,+ a development that would be a serious disadvantage to India’s military defences.
Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu’s observation on Doklam comes two months after Indian troops stalled Chinese road construction activities and is seen as endorsing India’s stance as being impor tant for a peaceful resolution.
The Japanese reaction follows two separate interventions by the US calling for direct dialogue between India and China to resolve the crisis while cautioning against unilateral changes on the ground. This, too, has been seen as supportive of India’s point of view.+
The US has also indicated support for India by tagging the Hizbul Mujahideen and its leader, Syed Salahuddin, as sources of terror,+ a snub to Pakistan and its benefactor, China.