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India-Japan intimacy poses no real threat to China, says China's state-run daily Global Times

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and PM Narendra Modi during a meeting at Mahatama Mandir in Ahmedabad. Photograph: (WION Web Team)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 14, 2017, 10.01 AM (IST)

China's state-run daily Global Times today took a swipe at the growing India-Japan ties declaring it posed "no real threat to China".

The article which featured in the Global Times Op-ed page with the headline "India-Japan intimacy poses no real threat to China" took a dig at both countries even as PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe continued their tour of Ahmedabad on Thursday.

On Japan-China ties, the Chinese daily said: "Japan has been more narrow-minded in looking for allies globally to encircle China."

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in a joint statement with PM Modi had said that India, Japan & US had conducted joint maritime exercise in Malabar for the first time based on strong ties of trust between PM Modi and President Trump, the Global Times in its Op-ed article made a reference to the growing military ties between the three countries calling it "mentality from the 20th century".

"India and Japan are unlikely to form a military and political alliance with the US, despite not being able to let go of the mentality from the 20th century," the Global Times said.

Taking a dig at the media, the Global Times article said,"Today India is so flooded by nationalism that many Indian media outlets don't even know what they are talking about when they rattle their sabers about confronting China."

Even as PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart PM Shinzo Abe reaffirmed the growing business ties between the two countries with Modi underlying the fact that Japan had "invested 4.7 billion dollars in India, which is 80% higher than last year", the Global Times had a different take on the subject.

"Under the international relations logic of the 21st century, closer India-Japan ties won't pose grave threats to China because many of their emotional moves to console each other won't produce any real effects in challenging China." 

"We can never follow India and Japan that have somewhat lost themselves," the article said in the end.

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