STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

'India, Australia, Japan on Same Page about China'

Published: 10th June 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: In the wake of the aggressive unilateralism displayed by China over its  island-building policy in the South China Sea, which has invited considerable attention and triggered unease across world capitals, Beijing’s recent moves figured in the talks at a trilateral meeting of Asian and Australasian democracies, where all of them found that they were almost “on the same page” regarding the Communist nation.

On Monday the Foreign Secretary-level diplomats from India, Japan and Australia met here for the first-ever trilateral meeting, where S Jaishankar played host to Australia’s Peter Varghese and Japan’s Akitaka Saiki.

But, unlike such diplomatic events, the meeting was kept extremely low-profile. No announcement or photograph of the trilateral dialogue was released by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The only hint of the meeting came when the MEA spokesperson tweeted a photo of Japanese Foreign Secretary Saiki calling on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday morning. No Joint Statement was released after the meeting.

“We had a full day’s discussion on China… More or less, we confirmed with each other we are on the same page,” Saiki said at a speech at a city-based think tank.

He said all three officials “compared notes on what each of us think about what is going on in the region”.

Japan is also part of another trilateral dialogue with India along with the US.

Incidentally, Japan may also be joining the Malabar Naval Exercise that India conducts with the US.

China aggressive under Xi: japan 

Japanese Foreign Secretary Saiki dwelled at length on a “rising China”, asserting that the leadership of President Xi Jinping was the catalyst for an aggressive policy on territorial claims. “Ever since  Xi Jinping took over, China is showing a different kind of face. Under Hu Jintao (Xi’s predecessor), China behaved in more restrained manner,” said Saiki.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp