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Japan comes Out in Full Support for India in its 2-month Long Military Standoff with China at Doklam

The support of the Indian position by Japan is a notable step as China has not only violated agreements with India and Bhutan but Japan as well

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  • Japan said there should be nothing 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
  • India has made its standpoint clear that it stands for peace and that the border problem can be resolved diplomatically and not by war

New Delhi, August 18, 2017: Japan has come out in full support for India in its two-month long military standoff with China at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction, stating no ‘unilateral forces’ to change the status quo on the ground.

Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu acknowledged the situation at the Doklam Plateau and said, “We recognize Doklam is a disputed area between Bhutan and China and the two countries are engaged in border talks. We also understand that India has a treaty understanding with Bhutan, that’s why Indian troops got involved in the area”, mentioned ANI report.

The support of the Indian position by Japan is a notable step at a regional level as China has not only violated agreements with India and Bhutan but Japan as well.

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The Bhutanese Government had earlier recounted ANI over the phone, “Our position on the border issue of Doklam is very clear.”

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In a response to the developments in Doklam, the Bhutanese Government issued a press release on June 29 where it was clearly mentioned that the construction of the road inside the Bhutanese territory is the infringement of the agreements and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between the two countries.

China is trying to build a trail through Doklam plateau, which is part of Bhutan, a construction that would serve as an impediment to India’s military defenses.

Doklam stand-off has now approached its second month, and there has been no change in the situation. China’s Foreign Ministry has restated that India should withdraw all its troops and equipment as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops will continue to defend Dong Lang, which is Chinese territory.

The prolonged standoff began on June 16 when India sent troops to stop China constructing a road in the Doklam area, a remote, unsettled territory claimed by both China and India’s ally Bhutan. India opposed the road construction after the Chinese troops neglected Bhutanese protests, which triggered the border tensions.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has reemphasized that “India’s roadmap is peace and talks are going on to resolve the issue diplomatically”.

India has made its standpoint clear that it stands for peace and that the border problem can be resolved diplomatically and not by war.


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All You Need To Know About India’s Strategic Chabahar Port

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border.

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Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • The Chabahar Port is of great strategic importance for India
  • It is in Iran and is being built and operated by India
  • This port will increase India’s trade with Central Asia and Europe

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border. Chabahar is the trans-shipment and logistics hub for the Makran Coast and Baluchistan province of Iran.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The tension between India and Pakistan is nothing new. There are several instances where both the countries have tried to obstruct each other’s political or economic agendas. This obstruction, along with other strategic reasons, resulted in the India and Iran’s deal on the Chabahar Port, which is crucial because of several reasons.

Here are few things about it you may not have known before :

  • Under the Trilateral Transit and Transport Agreement of 2016, the Chabahar port is the gateway to the Transport Corridor between India, Iran and Afghanistan, which allows multi-modal goods’ and passengers’ transport.

Also Read: India and Iran sign agreement to develop Chabahar Port

  • The agreement also states that India will develop and operate two berths in the first phase of the port. The contract is for 10 years and extendable. This time period excludes the first two years as they will be used for construction.
Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port’s first phase, which was developed by India, and inaugurated by Iran on 4th December 2017, is of great strategic importance as it makes it easier for India to conduct trade with Central Asia and Europe.
  • Iran’s Chabahar port is also important for India’s trade because of Pakistan’s reluctance in allowing India to send goods to Iran and Afghanistan through its land territory.

Also Read: Gwadar Port: China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant 

  • The development of Chabahar Port will increase the momentum of the International North-South Transport Corridor whose signatories include India, Afghanistan and Russia. Iran is the key gateway in this project. It will improve India’s trade with Central Asia as well as Europe.
    The Chabahar Port has also reduced Afghanistan’s dependence on the transit road, which went through Karachi. Now, trade can be conducted via Chabahar Port too. Islamabad has accused India of trying to use this development as a means to destabilise Pakistan.

    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port also acts as a counter to the barely 100 km away, Gwadar port in Pakistan, which is developed by China. However, Iran has defended that Chabahar is not a rival to Gwadar and Pakistan is invited to join in its development.
  • In October 2017, India sent its first shipment of wheat to through Chabahar to Afghanistan, in order to test the viability of the route.
  • India will also construct a 900-km Chabahar-Zahedan-hajigak railway line that will connect Port of Chabahar to Hajigak in Afghanistan. It will also connect Mashad in the north, providing access to Turkmenistan as well as northern Afghanistan.This project is worth $1.6 billion.

    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehrain. Wikimedia Commons
    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehran. Wikimedia Commons
  • It is being said that India will supply $400 million of steel rails to Tehran. There are also possibilities of setting up a fertilizer plant through a joint venture with the Iranian government.