外文标题：China says India must not think of Indian Ocean as its backyard
BEIJING: India should stop regarding the Indian Ocean as its backyard although it has an important role to play in ensuring peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region, according to the Chinese military.
"I admit that geographically speaking India has a special role to play in stabilizing the Indian Ocean region and South Asian region. But (for the Indian Ocean), backyard is not a very appropriate word to use for an open sea and international areas of sea," Senior Captain Zhao Yi, who is Associate Professor at the Institute of Strategy of the elite National Defence University in Beijing, said.
"If the Indian side views the Indian Ocean as its backyard," he added, "it cannot explain why navies from Russia, the United States, Australia have the right of free navigation in Indian Ocean," he told Indian journalists.
Incidentally, China has different views about its role in South China Sea, where it does not want navies of non-regional countries to operate.
Thinking of the Indian Ocean as its backyard could be dangerous, Zhao suggested.
One American scholar had warned of the possibility of "clashes" in the Indian Ocean, he said adding, "I don't agree. But if some countries view it as their backyard, then this (possibility) could not be eliminated."
Thomas Dutta ()
Before issuing such statements china should realise that the south china sea is its own backyard where incidentally many countries have disputes. ironically china is illegally constructing islands to lay claim to the region. now who is at fault here then.
Indian ocean is India,s backyard it iá by nature. China should review their intention s
Subrata Pramanick (Unknown)
Appears China have an eye on Indian Ocean. We should be careful.
China has no business to foray into Indian ocean. South China Sea is the property of all sorrounding countries, not just China.
China should mind its own business and not tell India what to do.
Sameer Bhatia (Singapore, Singapore)
And South China Sea can not be taken as Chinese backyard
The (Unknown) 1 hr ago
South china sea international waters are private but the Indian ocean is public property? The best word to describe this is hypocrisy
Anon Anon (Unknown)
So China should also NOT consider South China Sea as their backyard and start building islands and lay claim over land in international waters.... DOUBLE STANDARD CHINESE
rajatg rajatg (Mum) 1 hr ago
Why not..... "INDIAN OCEAN" the name says everyting...
Suresh () 1 hr ago
Ok! Then India should send nuclear sub to Japan... and South China Sea...