Tokyo : As Prime Minister Narendra Modi set off on a key visit to Japan, China today said that while it has no issues in New Delhi and Tokyo developing normal relations, they should respect “legitimate concerns” of neighbours.

  “Regarding what might be discussed by the two leaders, we note that Prime Minister Modi will kick off his visit to Japan. We have no problem with our neighbours developing normal relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told media briefing here replying to a question.

“We hope that when they develop their relationships, they can respect legitimate concerns of their neighbours and contribute to regional peace and stability,” he said. He declined to comment on reports that India will buy US-2 ShinMaywa amphibious aircraft from Japan, saying it is mere speculation.

In September, Chinese Foreign Ministry reacted angrily to reports that Japan plans to sell weapons to India at a cheaper prices saying that such a move is disgraceful. “We hold no objection to normal state to state cooperation including defence cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media briefing on September 13.

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