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Updated: April 6, 2012 18:32 IST

South China Sea region property of world, says Krishna

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External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi before a delegation level meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi in this file photo.
External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi before a delegation level meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi in this file photo.

Countering China’s objections on its oil exploration projects in the South China Sea, India on Friday said the region must be freed from any “national interference”.

“India maintains that South China Sea is the property of the world. I think those trade-ways must be free from any national interference,” External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna told reporters while replying to a question.

Notwithstanding the Chinese warning, Mr. Krishna said the area should be used for increasing trade-related activities amongst nations which come within the rim of the South China Sea.

“This has been accepted by the ASEAN countries and by China in their dialogue with ASEAN group of nations. So I think India subscribes to the theory that these trade-ways should be free ways for trade to prosper,” he said.

China has been objecting to any activity in South China Sea region including Indian oil exploration as it has territorial disputes with ASEAN countries like Vietnam and the Philippines.

Ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to New Delhi last month, a top Foreign Ministry official had warned India to refrain from undertaking oil exploration in the area in order to ensure “peace and stability” in the area.

India in October last year had inked an agreement with Vietnam to expand and promote oil exploration in South China Sea. The pact between the Indian and Vietnamese state-owned oil companies includes new investments and the exploration and supply of oil and gas to the two countries.

Asked whether the Sino-India relationship is under strain, Mr. Krishna said “there is absolutely no strained relationship between China and India.”

“Very recently during the BRICS summit President Hu Jintao was in Delhi and we had very very cordial talks with him and I totally reject that theory,” he said.

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Our government at the Center excels itself in making empty tall talks!
What did we do when the US warned us not to go ahead with the proposed Iranian pipe line project for getting some Iranian oil? Did we tell the US to mind it's own business? We simply tugged our tail under our hind legs and walked out of it, a project that is very close to our territory. Not far off somewhere near South China sea! Our FM now talks about the status of the South China sea as if it is he and none others know about that! China has already made it clear to us with very aggressive signals not to come and muddle the waters of the South China sea. Of course, we can go ahead with our shovels there to dig oil if we are militarily strong and in that respect, at least on par with China if not superior to it. We now know our 'combat readiness' from the recent 'leaks' that shook our country. Let us understand our limitations and act with wisdom. If we respect the US, then let us take note of China too.

from:  T.Sathyamurthi
Posted on: Apr 6, 2012 at 23:32 IST

Survival of the fittest. India lost its borders to China & Pakistan. China is having an upper hand in Himalayas. In business also Chinese equipments are flooding the electronic,electrical & mechanical fields in India. Indian companies have their manufacturing base in China.

from:  nijo joseph
Posted on: Apr 6, 2012 at 22:35 IST

This is an absolute nonsense of claim. One day China is going to calim that the entire Asia is belongs to them. Of Corse India must take a strong and swift diplomatic offence to counter China’s misadventure about it territorial rights which could deter entire world.

from:  Stanly.MJ
Posted on: Apr 6, 2012 at 21:47 IST

A measured diplomatic response. Other elements of the response should be
to focus on domestic discipline, economic strength and long term
strategic capabilities.

from:  Mallikarjun
Posted on: Apr 6, 2012 at 19:51 IST

China's claim is childish. If China claims south china sea as its
own,just because the word China takes place in the named sea,it must
understand that India too has a right to claim Indian ocean as owned by
India.

from:  Vittalanand Rao
Posted on: Apr 6, 2012 at 18:11 IST

China's claim is childish. If China claims south china sea as its
own,just because the word China takes place in the named sea,it must
understand that India too has a right to claim Indian ocean as owned by
India.

from:  Vittalanand Rao
Posted on: Apr 6, 2012 at 18:10 IST
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