Hours after India and Japan signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal, Chinese media accused Japan of exploiting the disputes between India and China for its own interests.
An editorial published in Chinese state media Global Times said India will not become a “pawn” for Japan to contain China and Japan will not be able to exploit the differences between Delhi and Beijing.
“India will not become a pawn for Japan to contain China, as it wants to become a power on par with China and Japan and benefit from both sides. India will get closer to Japan but will not enter into a brotherhood relationship,” the editorial said.
During a three day visit to Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had signed a landmark civil nuclear cooperation deal with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Friday.
With this deal, India has become the first country to get Japanese nuclear technology outside NPT, while the agreement is also expected to boost bilateral economic and security ties and facilitate US-based players to set up atomic plants in India.
Modi claimed that the Agreement for Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy marks a historic step in India’s engagement to build a clean energy partnership.
However the daily said, “Japan wants to use the disputes between China and India to court India to help contain China. Japan seeks to urge India to meddle in the South China Sea issue, even at the cost of changing its long-held position of reducing nuclear usage to offer special benefits of civil nuclear cooperation to India.”
“Looking at Japan’s diplomatic policies over the past few years, (Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo) Abe administration has become more active trying to sway regional powers to encircle China,” the daily added