"We are also closely following the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to India".
Modi and Abe on Thursday laid the foundation stone of 508 kms long bullet train service between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Expressing dissatisfaction over proposed Japanese investments in India's North-East states, as mentioned in the India-Japan joint statement following bilateral talks a day earlier between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe in Gandhinagar, Beijing Friday warned that a "third-party should not meddle" in border disputes between India and China.
Referring to the India-Japan Act East Forum, MFA spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "China and India are working on seeking a fair and reasonable settlement which can be accepted by both sides through negotiations".
Hua said the boundary between India and China was yet to be delimited: "There are disputes over the eastern section of the China-India boundary".
"We hope that all parties can make concerted efforts to uphold the freedom of navigation and overflight enjoyed by all countries in relevant waters under the worldwide law and stay committed to settling the issues and disputes between them through dialogue and consultation", she added. "This is China's position", she said. India and Japan also condemned terrorism emanating from Pakistan and urged Islamabad to bring perpetrators of terror to justice.
For example, Mr. Abe said North Korea was a "joint" challenge for India and Japan, and the statement contained a phrase about holding countries "that have supported North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes" accountable, obviously aimed at Pyongyang's benefactors in Beijing.
"The External Affairs Minister has already cleared India's foreign policy. We hope the normal development of the relationship can be conducive to regional, peace and development and play a constructive role in this process", she said. The contrast with India-China trade, at $71 billion a year, and Japan-China trade, at $279 billion, is stark, and the decision to finalise four new locations for special Japanese industrial townships may be only one way of addressing the difficulties businessmen face in India. In this context, they noted with satisfaction the setting up of the India-Japan Act East Forum.