Japan has just made a call in support of India over the Doklam standoff by saying that no country should violate status quo of neighbouring countries by constructing military grade road.

India and China are in no mood of backing off at the Doklam standoff (did you notice the rhyme?) and it is obviously catching international attention. Most of the countries have stayed silent or neutral with the entire mishap but Japan has recently come out with statements that strongly weighed the Indian side. With a blatant support for New Delhi, Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu said on Thursday, “What’s important in disputed areas is that all parties involved do not resort to unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force, and resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner. As far as India’s role is concerned, we understand that India is involved in this incident based on bilateral agreements with Bhutan.

Hiramatsu also said that, “External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has made it clear that India would continue to engage with dialogue through diplomatic channels with China to find a mutually acceptable solution. We consider this attitude towards peaceful resolution important”. Japan’s strong stand in favour of India for Doklam comes right after US had urged both countries to peacefully talk out the territorial dispute and retain peace.

But despite international requests, China seems to be firm with its decision and has refused to withdraw its troops from the disputed land. Yet, Japan’s statement makes a significant backing for India if ever there would be a war. Japanese diplomats, who have been in touch with Indian officials since late June, have been briefed by Indian and Bhutanese government functionaries on the situation in Doklam, and its complexities. While we might be happy about backing, but India must not forget that all countries have diplomatic relations with China and most of them largely depend on China economically, including India. While giving up is clearly not an option, both countries should talk and mutually resolve the great Doklam standoff.

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