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Japan extends full support to India on Galwan standoff.


New Delhi, July 03, (HS) Extending a strong support to India, Japan on Friday hit out at China in its attempt to change the status quo at Line of Actual Control (LAC) to unilateral. Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki said that Japan opposed ‘any unilateral attempts to change the status quo’ at LAC.

Tokyo’s envoy in New Delhi, Satoshi Suzuki on Friday said that he had a conversation with Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla about the government’s efforts fora peaceful resolution of the Indo-China face-off in Ladakh.

In a tweet, Suzuki said that he had a good talk with FS Shangrila and appreciated his briefing on the situation along LAC, including GOI’s policy to pursue peaceful resolution. Japan also hopes for peaceful resolution through dialogues. Japan opposes any unilateral attempts to change the status quo.

Japan’s statements came weeks after it revised a certain legislation which allows it to share defence intelligence with India, Australia and the UK. As of now, the legislation is covered by its closest ally, the US.

Earlier also in a tweet on June 19, Suzuki had conveyed Japan’s condolences to the people of India and to the families of the 20 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty at Galwan Valley.

At the time, Japan was the first country to back India’s position on the standoff, which ended after 73 days. Suzuki also backed the Indian government’s efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution of the standoff that became public in early May.

Japan on Friday also protested China’s  intrusion by two China Coast Guard ships into Japanese territorial waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

The two Chinese ships entered Japanese waters around Senkaku Islands on Thursday evening and remained in the area, which is administered by Japan but claimed by China.

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