"It is our sovereign right to develop the country inside our boundaries and we will utilise that right", Mr Shah told reporters here.
Japan's plan to step-up its investment in North-East was announced during Japanese premier Shinzo Abe's visit to Ahmedabad for the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit.
The India-Japan joint statement mentioned cooperation between the two countries to improve infrastructure and development in the North-East region. The two countries have chose to seek synergy between India's "Act East" Policy and Japan's "Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure", by closely coordinating, bilaterally and with other partners, for better regional integration and improved connectivity as well as industrial networks based on principles of mutual consultation and trust. "We hope the normal development of the relationship can be conducive to regional, peace and development and play a constructive role in this process", the Chinese spokesperson added. As to the railway cooperation, it is part of the practical cooperation between India and China.
However, one worldwide issue was not discussed, namely the disputed South China Sea, in contrast to the previous two India-Japan summits where the summit declarations specifically referred to the South China Sea and reaffirmed the commitment to freedom of navigation and overflight. We have reached important consensus in this regard.
Nevertheless, India and China have worked out a number of cooperative agreements that include training of Indian Railways' engineers in China in heavy hauling.
This is part of Indo-Japan corridor conceived previous year for the Indo-Pacific region that also extends to Eastern Africa under Asia Africa Growth Corridor, an initiative that would provide an alternative to OBOR, which is being implemented in a non-transparent fashion dictated by China's interests. China has also undertaken work to renovate some of the railway stations in India.
"Our established foreign policy of non-alignment demands we do not fall into someone's strategic space and become their tool, but create it for ourselves to achieve what we want". In short, India can not just hand over financing to the United States and Japan. China has connected most of its cities with high speed trains reducing the travel time drastically.