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China downplays Japanese PM�s visit to India

By The Assam Tribune

BEIJING, Jan 27 � China today downplayed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe�s visit to India as a bilateral issue, even as the state-media termed the trip as a failure for not succeeding in pinning down Beijing.

�The visit you mentioned is an issue between India and Japan,� Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a media briefing while responding to a question on Abe�s just-concluded visit to India.

The visit evoked considerable media attention here in view of the China-Japan diplomatic standoff over the disputed islands in East China Sea.

On the emerging defence cooperation between India and Japan, Qin said, �we hope that development of defence cooperation between both countries will be conducive to peace, stability and security of the whole region.�

�Because peace, stability and security of the region should be upheld and safeguarded by all relevant countries,� he said.

During Abe�s visit, India invited Japan to join the India-US Malabar joint military exercises and the two countries discussed the sale of Japan�s US-2 amphibious aircraft to India. � PTI

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