Japan opposes any “unilateral effort to change the status quo” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki said on Friday, against the backdrop of a tense border standoff between Indian and Chinese troops that lasted months.
Suzuki made the remarks after a discussion with India’s foreign secretary Harsh Shringla, in a tweet posted on his official Twitter account. The remarks came in the wake of several meetings between India and China at the diplomatic and military level that failed to break the impasse along the LAC, and even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured the Ladakh sector to meet with troops and get briefed on the situation.
On 19 June Suzuki had conveyed Japan’s condolences in a tweet to the people of India and to the families of the twenty Indian soldiers who “lost their lives in the Galwan Valley duty line.” He was referring to the Indian soldiers who died in a violent face-off in Galwan Valley with Chinese troops, the focus of the current tensions. In the midst of the border tensions, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force training vessels had conducted a minor exercise in the Indian Ocean on June 27 with two Indian warships. Toshihide Ando, deputy head of the Japanese mission in New Delhi, said this was the fifteenth exercise between the two sides over the last three years.