India's High-Speed Railway Dream Set to Witness Stiff China-Japan Rivalry

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Hua said the boundary between India and China was yet to be settled: "There are disputes over the eastern section of the China-India boundary". The two countries have made a decision to seek synergy between India's "Act East" Policy and Japan's "Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure", by closely coordinating, bilaterally and with other partners, for better regional integration and improved connectivity as well as industrial networks based on principles of mutual consultation and trust. "We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiation that is acceptable to both sides", Hua said.

Experts are of the opinion that the competition between China and Japan, especially in the ASEAN region, has been fairly intense and in India, there will be more competition for other phases of the bullet train project.

China said it is opposed to any foreign investments including that from Japan in the "disputed areas" in India's Northeast region and is against any third party involvement in resolving its border disputes with India.

According to strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney, since Trump has effectively given China a "free pass" on how to act on South China Sea, India and Japan are in a more hard position to address the issue.

"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 global law and stay committed to settling the issues and disputes between them through dialogue and consultation", she added.

During his two-day visit to India last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the annual India-Japan Summit to take forward bilateral and strategic ties between the two countries. "India and Japan are important countries in Asia".

Dismissing China's objection to Japan showing interests in investment in the northeastern states, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said that India has the sovereign right to develop the country within its boundaries and added that New Delhi's policy has been very well clarified by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. So, I am wondering whether this is the overinterpretation of the media or just like the media's conjecture, both Japan and India have the hidden agenda. India can become the factory of the world if both countries combine their efforts. "India and Japan can not ignore the fact that the USA has no clear policy on SCS", said Chellaney.

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