Japan openly comes into doklam picture says no country should change status quo

Japanese ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, at an official meeting in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo )

Japan on Thursday said no country should use unilateral forces to alter the status of Doklam, in the India-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction where the standoff between India and China entered the second month.

In an interview to Hindustan Times Japanese ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu said Doklam is a disputed territory between China and Bhutan and his country understands why India has got involved in the dispute.

“We recognize Doklam is a disputed area between Bhutan and China and two countries are engaged in border talks… We also understand that the India has a treaty understanding with Bhutan that’s why Indian troops got involved in the area,” the envoy said.

Japan is the first major power to talk openly about Doklam standoff.

The government of Bhutan last week refuted Chinese foreign ministry claims about Thimpu telling Beijing that the stand-off area in Doklam in the Sikkim sector is not Bhutan’s territory.

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