Beijing, Sept 14: Reacting to the India-Japan bonhomie on display over the past two days, China said it welcomes the steps taken by both the nations to boost regional cooperation. Beijing, however, warned Tokyo and New Delhi against converting their partnership into an “alliance” for creating geopolitical pressure on China.

“We advocate that regional countries should stand for dialogue without confrontation and work for partnership instead of alliance,” China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters here at the press briefing.

Hua claimed China would remain an advocate of deepening bilateral ties between the countries of Asia, adding that they should contribute towards maintenance of regional stability. “We hope that relations will be conducive to regional peace and stability and can play a constructive role in this regard,” he was reported as saying.

The reaction of China on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India comes in the backdrop of growing tensions between Tokyo and Beijing in the South China Sea region. China, on multiple occasions, has accused Japan of forging alliance in the region to “encircle” it in the shared water body.

A editorial in the state-run Global Times warned Japan against using India for its “narrow-minded outlook” to “encircle China”.

“In a changing world, the India-Japan intimacy is more like a contrivance,” the editorial in the nationalist tabloid notes. It further recommends the Indian intelligentsia to not to exaggerate the geopolitical significance of closer India-Japan ties.

“They want to encourage themselves by calling for India’s alliance with the US and Japan to showcase India’s strategic potential to China. This suits the desperate needs of Indian society’s mentality,” it added, taking a jibe at the Indian media.

The publication, managed by the ruling Communist Party of China, says geopolitical alliances in Asian region will fail to deter Beijing, as it is “at the core of geo-economics” of the continent. “Geopolitics is unlikely to go against the geo-economic situation,” it added.

A total of 15 agreements were inked between India and Japan on Thursday, on the second day of Abe’s visit to India. Among areas where the two sides committed to deepened engagement include defence production, security counter-terrorism and trade.