According to latest report from Press Trust of India, China is not reacting well with regards to Japan’s willingness to sell search and rescue aircraft to India at a lower cost. China on Tuesday said it would consider such a move “disgraceful” if it is aimed at pressuring Beijing over the disputed South China Sea issue. It has not been a easy road for China for the last couple of months ever since the Arbitration on the South China Sea Rulings from The Hague went against China. Since then any diplomatic move made by India which China considers its rival in Asia is seen with deep suspicion.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media briefing here today “I have noted this report. We hold no objection to normal state to state cooperation including defence cooperation.” The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson when asked that Tokyo plans to sell 1.6 billion worth of Shinmaywa US-2+ search and rescue aircraft to India at cheaper rates to strengthen security cooperation with New Delhi, she said “But if the report is true that if someone is making unrighteous move then this is very disgraceful.”
When specifically probed further as to why China thinks this move is disgraceful she said “But as reported that the Japanese government is to cut the price to sell weapons to India with an aim to pressurise China on the South China Sea issue and such attempt is targeted at China. If such a report is true then we don’t think the purpose such cooperation is righteous”.
Under Prime Minster Narendra Modi administration, India in the last two years have made significant effort to strengthen and improve its relationship with its South East Asian neighbors with “Look East” policy which has sent alarm into the corridors of policy research in China. Indian has made a concerted effort to improve ties with Vietnam which has long suffered from Chinese aggression and other South China Sea countries who feel they are bullied by China.
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