"They (Japan) need to carry out feasibility studies now," Wadhwa said.
Chinese government's territorial claim on east Indian state Arunachal Pradesh is a major bone of contention between India and China and the issue has not been resolved despite mechanisms of border talks between the two countries. During Abe's visit, the two countries also agreed to explore the possibilities for further cooperation in power sector by enabling cost effective power generation and supply benefiting both India and countries in the region, particularly Sri Lanka, where China already has a approx $1.3 billion coal power project on the northwestern shore. There are a host of other investments in the south of the country that are estimated to exceed $4 billion, including a $1.2 billion harbor in Hambantota.
Meanwhile, China on Monday downplayed 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 in China in view of the China-Japan diplomatic stand off over the disputed islands in East China Sea. On the emerging defense cooperation between India and Japan, Qin said, "we hope that development of defense cooperation between both countries will be conducive to peace stability and security of the whole region". (PTI)