"From a strategic perspective, China is an essential factor behind the closer Japan-India relationship," said an article titled 'Tokyo's pursuit of New Delhi may stumble' published in the state-run Global Times.

The article also said while India for its part is trying to balance its ties between China and Japan which have tenuous relations due to growing regional rivalry, New Delhi is looking to "hitchhike" more concessions.

"India is hoping to hitchhike on China's rise to obtain more economic benefits, and thus is unwilling to offend the world's second largest economy. Knowing that China-Japan relationship is far from perfect, the Indian government is cautious in developing ties with Tokyo, so as to leave itself some leeway in handling its relations with Beijing," it said.

The Indian government prioritises economic development over the need to balance and contain China's rise, it said adding that by cooperating with Japan, India looks forward to reaping more profits from Japanese enterprises.

Highlighting China's concerns over India's invitation to Japan to take part in the annual Malabar naval exercises along with the US, it said the move has cast a shadow on regional security and stability.

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