South China Sea में और नही चलेगा China का दादागिरी
India has expressed its reservations against China's latest move to push the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to insert certain clauses in the proposed Code of Conduct on South China Sea (SCS) which could eventually bar India and others from either conducting joint military drills with SE Asian states or extract natural resources from the region.
The negotiation for the Code “should not be prejudicial to the legitimate interests of the third parties and should be fully consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)”, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said while representing Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 15th East Asia Summit held on Saturday.
At the 2 + 2 Ministerial meet last month, India and the United States emphasised that the proposed Code should not prejudice the legitimate rights and interests of any nation in accordance with international law.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang represented China in the Summit. He also attended the ASEAN-China summit on Friday and urged leaders of the South East Asian nations to expedite negotiations for the proposed Code.
Chinese proposals for the Code aim to limit the role of external powers, including India in the SCS region.
Beijing has been pressurising ASEAN members states to insert certain clauses in the Code to restrict Japan, India, the US and Australia as well as other nations from engaging in maritime security cooperation with the South East Asian states and exploring resources in the South China Sea, ET has learnt.
India has invested in oil blocks in Vietnam and conducts naval drills with a number of SE Asian states.
If China manages to get all the clauses included in the Code, ASEAN nations may have to get prior clearance from Beijing for joint military drills in the SCS, with the US, Japan, India or any other nations from outside the region, diplomatic sources said.
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