New Delhi / Beijing
India has sent a very strong message to China, which looks out over the South China Sea. India on Saturday expressed concern over the “actions” and “incidents” that have destroyed confidence in the South China Sea. At the same time, Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs S. Jaishankar stressed the importance of respect for international laws, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty.
During the speech of the 15th East Asia Summit, the Indian Minister of External Affairs spoke about the Indo-Pacific region and drew attention to the growing importance of the region, which is the area of unified and fundamental shipping of the 10 ASEAN countries. Jaishankar also drew attention to recent announcements made by several countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
Focus on international cooperation in the world after Corona
Jaishankar said that harmonizing all ideas will never be a challenge if there is a commitment to international cooperation. This summit took place virtually. It was chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Shuajan Fook. All the ASEAN countries participated. The importance of this conference can be measured from the fact that the Indian Prime Minister was generally involved in the summit.
In his speech, the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized on large-scale international cooperation in the post-Corona virus world so that terrorism, climate change and pandemics etc. can be treated in the future. The East Asia Summit is a major forum for dealing with issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Since its establishment in 2005, the conference has played an important role in the strategic, geopolitical and economic development of East Asia.
Border dispute between India and China in eastern Ladakh
Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s statement on respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity comes at a time when there is a border dispute between India and China in eastern Ladakh. Not only that, China is also implementing its expansionary policies in the South China Sea and its neighboring countries. In his statement, the Foreign Ministry said, “In the case of the South China Sea, the foreign minister expressed concern about the steps and events that have eroded confidence in the region.”
The South China Sea is a difficult route for the Chinese dragon, rich in natural resources such as hydrocarbons. On the other hand, other countries bordering the South China Sea such as Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines also claim their natural wealth. China has stepped up its offensive military activity in recent months by taking advantage of the corona virus outbreak. This dragon movement has increased concern all over the world.