New Delhi: Chinese media kept a strong vigil on the signing of bilateral deals between India and Japan and noted how the deals would affect the Sino-India ties.
There were obvious reasons for the ‘Special Strategic Global partnership’ inked by India and Japan to come under the scrutinizing hawkish eyes of Chinese analysts.
The state-run Global Times claimed that the deal was aimed at counterbalancing China’s growing assertive influence in the region.
“Behind this special partnership is the ambition of the two countries to become regional powers and even global powers. It also reveals their intention to counterbalance a rising China,” Global Times stated.
The report also indicated that both India and Japan were ready to splash huge cash and sign deals for bolstering bilateral ties.
Japan’s offer of low rate loan for the ‘Bullet train’ project at a low-interest rate was indicative of the compromises that Tokyo was ready to make.
“Whether this is a new era for the two is open for discussion. But what’s clear for India and Japan watchers is that Abe is pushing forward bilateral ties regardless of the costs,” the media report said.
The deal was also indicative of a change in Japan’s foreign policy. Earlier, Japan maintained a strategy of not inking deals with non-NPT nations.
But to cope with the growing colossal influence of China, Japan changed its strategy and readily to Indian terms.
“The signing of the MoU indicates that Japan has steered away from its persistent principles by cooperating for the first time with a country that has not joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It means Japan admits that a country without joining the NPT can own nuclear weapons” it said. “This is a turning point in Japan’s nuclear policy,” Global Times noted.
Expressing concern over the Japan-India liaison, the Chinese media clearly mentioned that India expressed solidarity with Japan on the outstanding issue regarding the dispute in the South China sea.